Tuesday, 20 November 2012

It all comes out in the wash

On Saturday 17th at Esquires, Bedford Non-Bio finally put on a live show. It was the furst time in five years that I'd stood on-stage as part of a band and the first time ever that I'd fronted a band or played my own material.

Attendance at the event (Alt+Control Reloaded) suffered a bit as a result of scheduling clashes with other events, although it did pick up a bit later in the night; we were the first band on, followed by S.W.A.N.K., Spucktute and finally System:FX.

The beginning of our set, filmed courtesy of Max Rael

Probably the part at which we began to hit our stride
(the camera had now passed to Euroted
Oh, and we were wearing tin-foil hats for this song.

And the last two songs (I forget who was filming this)

It's strange and interesting to see how we looked on stage; my voice sounds different from here than it did through the monitors too (I should have turned the effects up higher) but that's all part of the learning process. We're hoping to do another live show in January (TBC) and will try and incorporate some lessons learned here. But I'm generally very pleased with how it went - no mishaps and the half hour set seemed to last only about five minutes from our perspective!

I filmed some of the other band's songs too for good measure (before the camera's memory card reached capacity and I had to stop):

My favourite S.W.A.N.K. song, unfortunately cut short before the end

A brand new song here from Spucktute!

I took a lot more photos of everyone there but so far I've had time only to put them on Facebook. None of the equipment broke down - not even the home-made instruments - and Karl proved to be an excellent Noizitar player (arguably the world's finest!) and the promoters nad other band people were all awesome too.

After the bands finished I was scheduled to play a half hour DJ set but the organisers kindly let me run through til 1am, which was excellent. The DJing generally went pretty well, other than Traktor developing a bit of a judder about halfway through and having to be restarted. I played:

23:40 : The Prodigy - Smack My Bitch Up
23:45 : Icon Of Coil - Shallow Nation
23:49 : The Armageddon Dildos - Resist (Lard mix)
23:53 : Combichrist - Give Head If You Got It
23:58 : (x)-Rx - Hit The Drums
00:03 : Hocico - Ruptura
00:07 : Kommand+Kontrol - Watched By Machines (XP8 remix)
00:14 : And One - Steine Sind Steine
00:17 : Apoptygma Berzerk - Non-Stop Violence
00:20 : The Retrosic - Bomb
00:23 : X-Kin - Believe In You (Darkmorte Rocks Mix)
00:27 : Skinny Puppy - Assimilate
00:33 : XP8 - Download Me (P2P Version)
00:37 : VNV Nation - Epicentre
00:44 : Wolfsheim - The Sparrows And The Nightingales
00:48 : Depeche Mode - Everything Counts
00:52 : The Sisters of Mercy - This Corrosion

So yes, a successful night I'd say. I even sold a T-shirt!

Wednesday, 14 November 2012


i'm sure you don't need reminding but our gig is this Saturday, 17th November at Esquires in Bedford.

Be there!

Facebook event page here.