The Null Device

I went to the Empress this evening, to see a number of bands. First up were Tugboat, who were not bad. Then was English indie band Boyracer, or rather Stuart from Boyracer, his wife Jen (?) and someone else filling in on drums. It was an interesting show; Stuart played the guitar like a maniac, gurning and wibbling and jumping about, though it ended up sounding quite good (despite his guitar being a $120 one he picked up on Brunswick St. earlier; he didn't bring his famed Hello Kitty guitar this time). He also joined the Cannanes' lineup when they played afterward, doing various duties, though after breaking a maraca and a glass, he was relegated to playing the triangle. Towards the end he danced about on stage and then decided to help the drummer along, standing in front of him and hitting the drums.

Stuart is also the guy who runs 555 Recordings, formerly of Leeds and now based in the US, and they had a stall, where they sold various CDs for $10. I picked up two things from there: Soft Love: A Tribute to Soft Cell (which is interesting in places, consisting of various weird indie laptop electro-pop and such; New Waver's version of Numbers with the lyrics changed to be about office life is somewhat amusing), and Knowing We Was Right From Da Start, a label retrospective compilation (which I haven't heard all of yet). I also scored the Cannanes' album Communicating At An Unknown Rate.

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Posted by: cos Sun Mar 3 00:04:19 2002

I can highly recommend the Tugboat album, _All Day_. Go get.

Posted by: Andrew http:// Tue Mar 5 22:31:58 2002

Not sure how I stumbled on this page.... oh yeah a link form "if then else blog"... anyways, I was playing in the Cannanes on Friday night (up the back on guitar) and wanted to say glad you had a good night. Always love playing at the Empress - the Melb. folk definately enjoy thier music... hope you like the "Communicating.." record.

Poor old Stew was pretty drunk for the entire night... nasty hangover too me thinks.

Thats all nice... oh - nice site too!

Posted by: acb Wed Mar 6 02:42:13 2002

Heh; I sort of guessed he was rather sloshed. Doesn't seem to have affected his performance too badly though. :-)

Glad to know you like my blog. Cheers!