Monday, August 11, 2008

A Mountain of One 070808 / Pinch Boxcutter Nez 080808


A Mountain of One played at the Belfast Waterfront Hall on Thursday night. I was the first punter there, and was asked to wait for the event organisers to put the final touches in place before I could enter.

It was worth the wait, as the stage looked smart. The stage for he band was well lit and in addition to the stage lighting there was a large projection screen which had six small images beamed up as a backdrop as the warm-up djs played. It was a light beaty mix played at a reasonable volume. A nice touch which encouraged the atmosphere to build, as opposed to using volume as a substitute for good vibes.

The room filled up and the crowd moved to the front of the stage when the band appeared. When they started playing the video started playing some clips from an odd film (called The Holy Mountain) The band played a groovy 70's inspired type of psychedelic folk with rocky touches. The type of music I think that is best enjoyed live.

On Friday night I went to see something quite different, a bunch of electronic groove controllers doing their thing at the Black Box Belfast.

First up was Nez, a dubstep dj who runs a monthly club called 'GRUB' in Belfast along with producer/dj Boxcutter. who played a deadly liveset of laptop beats and synths and live bass.

Sadly the room wasn't full. But that didn't take away from the quality of the tunes and enthusiasm of the local players.

The headliner for the night was Pinch. A dj who played some heavyweight records (he also runs Tectonic records). The soundsystem wasn't as heavy as some other party-goers wanted, but I thought it was clean sounding and it had plenty of punch if you were up close to the stage on the dancefloor as I was.

Pressure tones for pleasure. Yes.

All of this was taking place in the big room, in the smaller room/cafe there was a totally different flavour of music provided by 'Das Vibic Sexytime'. An acoustic open-mic type affair that attracts singer-songwriter types and noodlers of many types. I heard a few of the players that evening. There was some wishy washy stuff and some quality tunes too. These open to all music policies always do that. I'm glad I risked it though, as when it was hot it was tasty, and when it was cold, I could go back to the big room full of bass. Good stuff.

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