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February 26, 2007 | by  | in Music | [ssba]


Friday February 16 Sandwiches

Things started pretty late, as Sandwiches have a license until 7am. Disasteradio kicked it off, his set full of energy and danceable synth beats, accompanied by some hilarious projector footage of ‘80s style exercise routines. Wellington’s finest band, So So Modern were up next. Given that they were playing in a line-up of instrumental electronic acts they ditched their vocals and got the crowd moving with their wicked synth interplay and the ever groovy drums of Dan Nagels. There were no guitars in use either, with Mark using his vocoder robot voice to cover the lack of guitar on favourites like the ‘New International’ and a cleverly reworked instru-version of ‘Future Cities’. The So Sos are heading overseas for world domination this March, so for those of you new to Wellington, let me just say this: If you only attend one gig in ‘07 make it their final Wellington outing at San Francisco Bathhouse. It’ll be the best $10 you ever spend. They are an unbelievable and strikingly original live act.

Coming all the way from the Netherlands, Orgue Electronique followed SSM with a bass heavy set, complete with some eerie melodies stretched over the top. The show was briefly disrupted by a disgusting piece of violence when a fight broke out. There was broken glass on the floor and an ambulance turned up to take somebody to hospital. Thankfully, the show went on and the headliner, Legowelt, from the Hague, came on stage. He started slowly, with a sampled Samuel L Jackson-esque voice muttering tales of rebellion and the ghetto over a menacing bassline. A one man machine, Legowelt was hunched over a table covered with synths and sequencers, twisting dials and pressing keys. The rhythms rarely strayed from a mid tempo dirge and the dark atmospherics were in sharp contrast to the wild energy and enthusiasm of SSM and Dradio. Still, the effortless fashion in which his songs merged into each other, combined with the occasional life-line of an aching dance melody that Legowelt would occasionally throw the crowd, made his set a wonderfully subtle lesson in the crafting of electronic sound.


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