The Null Device
There were too many things on last night; at least two gigs worth seeing.
It was a tough decision, but in the end I decided to go to Pony to see
Steward's last solo gig in Australia, along with
I got in a bit late (due to work and such), and thus only saw the last part of
Tugboat set; they had a reduced lineup and played
a sort of slowcore set, ending with a Mojave 3 cover.
Then Steward went on, with a MiniDisc player, a
guitar and a Hello Kitty toy of some sort. His material can be described
as jangly pop meets drill & bass; during the set, he strummed a guitar,
with a variety of distortion pedals, over some crunchy electronic beats,
and generally jumped around like a maniac.
Simpatico, meanwhile, was a guy with an acoustic
guitar and a MiniDisc player with some backings, who sang a sort of slightly
twee jangly pop, rather reminiscent of The Field Mice (and perhaps The Smiths
in places as well). I ended up getting his CD, titled
The Difference Between Alone & Lonely.
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