Blueneck - Bardens Boudoir, London
With a new album in the shape of The Fallen Host to be released later this month, Blueneck are about to embark on a short run of mainland Europe dates. But not before a quick stop-off in London town, a rarity for this somewhat reclusive Bristolian five-piece. After a few technical difficulties, the band takes to the stage and a noisy rumble starts to eminate from the PA.
Beginning with a noisy, but quite dull instrumental piece, singer and guitarist Duncan Attwood then takes to his piano stool and they float into a stunning rendition of 'Oig', from their debut album Scars of the Midwest. Here the crowd is shown why Blueneck are not just another bland post-rock act, Attwood’s lulling and gentle vocals piercing through the noise and cacophony and creating a stunningly loud, yet beautiful wave of sound. Other highlights include the slowly building majesty of new album track 'Low', with it’s swirls of Moog synth swimming around a sea of screeching guitar. A rather humorous moment occurs when inbetween songs, the bass player's lady-friend makes a beeline on stage to kiss him and then shoot out the exit. Someone's obviously seen Blueneck enough times then.
As each band member withdraws, from both the stage and the music, the only complaint to really send their way is that it was over far too soon. It didn't feel like the band had enough time to gain enough momentum to truly do themselves justice. Let’s hope that when the band returns this summer they can stick around for a few more songs.