Mach Nausea - DIY noise festival
- Neil Cooper
- 23 July 2009
As church fetes go, this second edition of this DIY noise festival was an appositely unholy resurrection. Lit from an archway behind them and playing on bare floorboards, the 18 acts on show tapped into industrial metal roots, surrealist slapstick, an overload of electronic drone, remedial gonzo knockabout, ethno-trad Scots-African alliance and a sledgehammer deconstruction of 1980s pop.
In between the low-end science-fiction invasion of openers Cities Prepare for Attack!’s FX-led guitar constructions and Voltigeur’s concluding twin distortion assault, hearing voices provided the most salvation. Iain Campbell’s murmured litanies crept over Euan Currie’s guitar scrapings as much Helhesten Trio’s clarinet and violin extrapolations were underscored by Neil Davidson’s guitar.
Team Brick improvised an astonishing pounding piano solo, punctuated by unfettered howls that oddly recalled Trio Bulgarka’s plaintive wails. By ripping apart Madonna’s ‘Lucky Star’ and Visage’s ‘Fade to Grey’, however, Atomizer’s futurist cabaret was an eye and ear poppingly awesome highlight to weekend communion.
Old St Paul’s Church, Edinburgh, Fri 10-Sat 11 Jul www.grindsightopeneye.co.uk