Sunday, February 06, 2011

Big Sexy Noise, Momus, Blaine L. Reininger, live @ Gagarin 205 (Athens, Feb. 4, 2011)

In the words of the Goth Godmother / No Wave Nostradamus herself: "It's time to stop complaining, quit your crying and embrace the coming End Times. Let's fucking rock." In order to do just that, Lydia Lunch joined forces with Gallon Drunk's Terry Edwards, James Johnston and Ian White and formed the aptly name Big Sexy Noise who unleashed a tremendous self-titled LP back in 2009.

Luckily for us, this successful collaboration continues and Friday night we had the opportunity to enjoy the swamp-punk sounds of Big Sexy Noise live on Gagarin 205's stage. Lydia Lunch's harsh, smoky voice blends perfectly with the dirty, violent sounds emanating from Johnston's long-sufferin' guitar, Edwards' sax and synths and White's derailed drums, achieving their stated mission to fucking rock - hard! The hour-long explosive performance featured the majority of their 2009 album, including "Gospel Singer", Lou Reed's "Kill Your Sons", "Baby Faced Killer", "Dark Eyes", "Another Man Coming" and "Your Love Don't Pay My Rent". Another highlight was their cover of The Seeds' classic "Pushin' Too Hard". Let's just hope that there is more to come from Big Sexy Noise in the near future - and that Courtney Love, who lost the plot completely last year with "Nobody's Daughter", starts taking notes again!

Big Sexy Noise live@Gagarin 205

Here's my shaky video of "Gospel Singer" (sorry, but the floor was shaking beneath my feet), a track co-written with Kim Gordon, from this big sexy noisy night:

Big Sexy Noise - Gospel Singer, live @ Gagarin 205 (Feb. 4, 2011)

Blaine L. Reininger
But that wasn't all. As a bonus, on the same night we had the opportunity to remember highlights from the long and winding careers of both Blaine L. Reininger and Momus.

Reininger, accompanied by local musician Tilemachos Musas on guitar, closed the night by playing tracks from his solo days as well as from his former band, the legendary Tuxeedo Moon, while Nick Currie, a.k.a. Momus, opened proceedings with an one-man synthpop-cabaret show that lasted over an hour, with tracks going as far back as the mid-'80s when he started his solo career with "Circus Maximus". From this album we got "Lucky Like St. Sebastian" (see lemonostiftis' video below), with a dancer appearing on stage to add a touch of dirty dancing, helping to make this song one of the night's highlights. From my personal favorite Momus album, 1989's "Don’t Stop The Night", he played "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous", while from "Tender Pervert", another favorite from his Creation years, we got "The Angels Are Voyeurs", "The Homosexual" and the excellent, acid-house influenced, "A Complete History of Sexual Jealousy (Parts 17-24)". In the plus points I'll add his cover of Bowie's "Ashes To Ashes", in the minus the fact that all of the music was pre-recorded and played back from a portable device. Still, a fine performance from a gifted entertainer (check out his interesting story in this video interview). 

Momus live @ Gagarin 205

Momus - Lucky Like St. Sebastian, live @ Gagarin 205 (Feb. 4, 2011)

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