Last night I went to see a metal triple bill at the Luminaire: Wolf People, Graveyard and Witchcraft. The venue was way too small and was oversold. Swedish metalheads were crowded in with hipsters still in their office-wear. Why do they pay for a £12 ticket and drink £4 crap drinks all night while trying to shout over a heavy metal band? Isn’t there an easier way to earn some lifestyle cred?
Graveyard were dull and painfully loud, even for a metal gig. They clearly had the amps set to 12. It wasn’t that thundering base loudness of Mastadon, etc. It was this weird, treble-y, hornets-in-your-ears kind of sound. If I am going to have tinnitus the next day it better be for something good. Even though Wolf People were supporting them you could see the Graveyard guys watching Wolf People open for them and they seemed worried.
Wolf People are the only London band I’ve ever seen live (It seems London now has to import most of its rock and roll…I have many theories for this…). Wolf People are melancholy, lyrical and stormy–the flute-player wasn’t there, so they sounded less Jethro-Tully and more like a tightly spectral CCR.
Witchcraft–freaky Swedish wizards–were haunting and slightly dorky. They actually did a Roky Erickson song–White Faces (one of his “Horror Rock” songs and a favourite of mine.) Spooky Texas rock by way of Swedish wildmen…brings out the white of the devil in me.