The Null Device
I went to the Empress this evening, to see a number of bands. First up were
, 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
' 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
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