TV Ghost this past Saturday were one of the top five bands I've seen all year, easily. I know they'd played in Ct. at least twice before already, but I didn't go, and whatever TV Ghost stuff I'd heard up to this point didn't prepare me for how totally ass-waxing their live set was gonna be. What they do could be lazily catagorized as lo-fi garage rock, I suppose, but you can't help but notice solid tangents to Scratch Acid by way of The Cramps/Birthday Party, too, as well as the heavy Joy Division-type bass lines ("isolation....") lurking underneath. Besides, it's really labeled art-punk, which means I must be pretty dumb, right?
Homostupids and FNU Ronnies also played, and between the two of them you'd think that FNU Ronnies would be the ones most likely to fall apart, but their set was mostly coherent while Homostupids couldn't finish a song to save their lives. I'm pretty sure at one point I saw the FNU Ronnies' drummer pick up a random half-empty beer cup off the floor and drink from it, which is pretty hardcore I guess (maybe, I dunno). FNU Ronnies were sold out of just about everything-- I think they had one copy of the "Golem" EP on CD up for sale-- except for a tape that they'd made 50 copies of, which I bought even though it only has two songs on it cuz it was red so it looked like a cool thing to have. Homostupids, on the other hand, brought copies of their new 12" 45 on Load Records, which isn't even listed on the Load web site yet (although the Load web site looks like it could be from 2007 for all I know). By the time they started playing it was well past 1 AM and everyone was already pretty wasted, so for every song they would barely get past one verse and a few chords before everything would degenerate into one big pigpile, until it was time to start another song. This was one of those shows where even if you don't do anything, the next day your feet really hurt for some reason.
Some advice before downloading: be aware that the FNU Ronnies track (from the "Fresh Cuts & Cigarette Burns" compilation on Criminal IQ) is classic, and that "Apeshit" is one of the great rippers of the 21st century so far (the 7" version, not the one that's on "The Intern" so much).
TV Ghost -
FNU Ronnies -
"Ain't No Place"
(these files are now listen-only)