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Ninetynine, Love of Diagrams, Max

Tonight I went to the Corner Hotel to the Ninetynine album launch. First up was Max, a local singer/songwriter/accordionist whom some describe as "Björk meets Tom Waits. I got in as she was playing her soprano-klezmer number; she did a few more songs after that, mostly with her Little Ensemble.

Next up were another local band, Love of Diagrams. This outfit have been around for maybe a year or so; they played with Ninetynine and Sir at the Punters Club on Valentine's Day, and have played around town a few times since then. Anyway, they're a band worth keeping an eye on; guitar, bass, drums, and they can certainly fill a space with sound and get the crowd moving. I'll probably put the video I got of them online in the next few days.

Finally, Ninetynine came on, and put on a terrific show, even by their standards. They played for about an hour, doing pretty much all the songs from The Process, and a few older ones too. Cameron was in particularly high spirits, playing like a demoniac, interacting with the crowd and throwing himself into the show. (At one point he announced that Synthetic was about the Pepsi commercial in which Michael Jackson's hair caught fire and the experiments that continued from that; though that doesn't sound much less plausible than the official line about it being about the Assyrian empire.) Towards the end of the set, a guest (Hi Ben!) joined them, adding some extra guitar riffs to The Specialist (their Northern Soul number). The set ended with The Process; the audience went wild calling for an encore, and the band obliged, coming back on stage and launching into Polar Angle, playing until Cameron collapsed. Now that's showmanship.

(I also liked their new merchandise; in particular, the fluffy llama logo adorning it looks quite doovy.)

Max and the Little Ensemble Love of Diagrams the bass player from Love of Diagrams Cameron drumming like a maniac Laura singing/playing keyboards Cameron playing violin

(Update: photo links now go to images from the photo gallery page for this gig, which also has other images.)

There are 1 comments on "Ninetynine, Love of Diagrams, Max":

Posted by: Ben http://rocknerd.org Sun Oct 6 07:44:29 2002

Glad to see my bribe not to run any pix of me paid off!

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