100 Days Project

Lu: 100 Big Days (and Nights) Out

I realised I have kept a heap of tickets to mainly music gigs & festivals over the years, as well as a lot of sports fixtures, from both here, UK and Europe. So each day there will be a photo of a ticket accompanied by a hazy memory from that gig… and a musical tip to go with it.

As I go, a playlist on Spotify called ‘100 Big Days Out’ will be built up of the tracks I single out from those gigs/artists/events. Check it out http://open.spotify.com/user/1230930937/playlist/68S65odxiGB6v7hz4exHTL

Day 86:

Of Montreal, Koko, London, October 2008

One of those bands that had been around long before I ever cam across them, and that have probably done tonnes since that I am not familiar with… yet when I heard the album Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer? in 2007/08 I liked it instantly. Maybe it was the Bowie reference points, the arty campness, the Hedwig-esque costumes and art direction. There was certainly a lot going on onstage, and coming off too… I think Kevin Barnes was starkers by the end of the show. We went along because of Hissing Fauna…, and because we had missed an earlier show they did the year before; we had tickets for a much smaller (cheaper) venue, but it was midweek and in the end we blew it off because we were knackered. This time we felt a little obligated to go, and sat back and watched a pretty mad show. A little hazy on specifics, but I do recall a lit of colourful clothing, maybe a cape or two - he really is a little bonkers, and that is what makes them interesting. Clearly there were long-term farms there going mad, but we hung out up on the mezzanine by the bar, watching the show. I have a feeling a bomb in there would have decimated the roll of London’s arts colleges. Great gig. I’m off to put the album on now. Best song pour moi is ‘The Past Is A Grotesque Animal’… “The mousey girl screams 'Violence! Violence!’”