Laneways AK Jan 30th 2017

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Laneways AK Jan 30th 2017

Postby Sam Deformed » Wed Feb 01, 2017 3:29 pm

Yeeeuh! Had a brilliant and exhausting time with that whirlwind trip up to Auckland for Laneways/King Gizzard. Flew in on Sunday night from Dunedin. Got in around 9pm to have a good old catch up with Greg at his pad talking printmaking and music over a few beers. Cheers for the hospitality m8!

Went 'browsing' at Real Groovy with Greg and ended up spotting Mickey one of the two drummers there so I went and said gidday and he happily signed my copy of Paper Mache Dream Balloon which I had just purchased - what a darl eh! I had spotted Cook Craig there too but for whatever reason I felt like an egg going up to him - also I awkwardly tripped up the stairs as he walked past us lol.

So after Greg showing me through the huge print studio/workspace in AUT I made it over the road to Albert Park to get into Laneways. Between the bumping into friends, plenty of beers and Lord Of The Fries along the way I caught the sets of the following bands:

First up were THE CHILLS sober and early who I was pretty stoked to see for the second time now. Love the newer material thrown in the set with the older/classic material. I cracked up when they played 'I Love My Leather Jacket' and I look around and realise I'm probably the only one wearing mine in the stinking hot Auckland heat haha.
Second band I saw was WHITE LUNG of whom I didn't know much about but knew I should check out. Wasn't too bad. Some songs were great and some fell a little flat. Excellent energy though from some female musicians! I'm keen to check out some of their albums.
Next up after hitting the food and beer area I went down to the
Princes stage to chill and see if I could spot a certain Tom Anderson. I couldn't spot him just yet but ended up bumping into a few friends and watching DMA's who apparently had had a huge night the evening prior. I was told they were Australia's answer to Oasis - which was kinda true but they also had that early 90's shoegazer vibe like on the earlier Verve albums. Not bad.
I went and got some refills and came back to the stage after DMA's set to spot TA there in his sick white sneakers gearing up for THE REFUSED. Bumped into some more friendly faces and caught what was a great display of energy from the band. I had seen them before and I wasn't overly moved by them when I saw them nearly 2 years ago now in Las Vegas. But here at Laneways they were tour-hardened, energised, comedic and full of vitality - Vocalist Dennis' rants on gender equality, politics and rebellion were crucial. Unpretentious and in-your-face. Really glad I gave them another go. Good to hear they're recording another album soon.
So after Refused I had intended to hang around for Clams Casino (which turned out to be tech difficulties anyways) but I got hungry as all hell again and took off to the food&booze queues where I bumped into another familiar face who was there for King Gizzard - we both agreed we should get to King Gizzards stage early to get a good spot. SO glad we did as it was an awkward dippy-dive of a lawn in front of the stage which filled up not long after we arrived. So we stood our ground next to some other fellow Dunedinites :-)
So when the mindblowingly good KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD took to the stage for a quick soundcheck and then blasted into 'Gamma Knife' it was all-on for the next 45mins of psychedelic doom-pop rock 'n' roll madness! Seriously love this bands approach to everything they do. The crowd was a tad intense at times swarming and swaying on the uneven ground but I had a gigantic dorky grin adorning my ugly mug for the entire duration of their set whilst bopping up-and-down. Stu Mckenzies guitaring is so ridiculous - when he does the upside-down guitaring and tongue-flapping shredface it's the most joyous and hilarious sight. I feel they're a band that embrace silliness and weirdness without becoming a comedic act. That coupled with great musicianship and varying styles makes them quite a unique band - especially with 2 drummers too. Each member barely took downtime in the set and just ripped through songs - it felt like the 45mins was a very brief affair as they just keep going and going! So glad I got to see them and I hope I'll see them again one day. Infinity/10!
So after King Gizzard I blanked out even thinking about seeing any other act and needed some downtime so went back to the food&booze section. So sure enough I run into the other King Gizzard drummer Eric who was really lovely and took a snap of my KG tattoo! Flamin' pearler mate! Great meeting ya!
It was here I realised that TYCHO were playing so I hurried along to the Princes St stage and caught maybe 4-5 songs of theirs. They were really loud which I wasn't anticipating but it made for an intense yet ambient experience combined with the pretty visuals on the backdrop. Kinda buzzy seeing a band play what you think is just a DJ. Some great soundscapes going on. I think they work better as a live act than on the albums. More depth to it or something.
Anyways by now i was starting to fade and get jelly legs and needed a lie down so I used the last of my tokens to get some more booze and a red bull to perk me up. At this stage of the night I wasn't familiar with any of the acts or bands playing so took a gamble on MICK JENKINS of whom I caught about 3 or 4 songs of before mistakenly thinking I had get to Tame Impala's stage. I enjoyed what I heard of Mick Jenkins though - will have to investigate more of the lads bleeps, bloops and beats on the internets. Had a good sound for his stage too.
A bit of a blank spot in the night there before TAME IMPALA however. I think I made it to the stage before they came on and got yarning to some friends and more fellow Dunedinites. But sadly by now the crowd was just waaay too packed and people were so drunk and eager to get right to the front it became this centipede, inferno of brute fuckwittery - I am glad I got to make a Lomu call at belligerent drongo who fell on their face.
Despite this though when tame Impala finally graced the stage it was smooth tunes to bliss out the end of the night with. They played some bangers I was hanging out to hear such as 'Elephant', 'The Less I Know The Better' and 'Feels Like We Only Go Backwards'. I was bummed out though that they didn't play 'Cause I'm a Man' which I think is a fantastic modern pop song. However I was pretty exhausted by then and it was music to walk home by...

Overall a pretty grand day out catching up with some right diamond humans and seeing some live tunes. So good catching up with you all.

Not the usual greasy punk venues and anonymous folks I'm used to but enjoyable regardless. I'll say this though - Aucklanders your manners are fecking awful!

Walked back to Gregs place by about midnight, up @ 5:30am Monday to nearly miss my flight by a hair! Back at work in Dunedin around 10am. Bloody good!
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Re: Laneways AK Jan 30th 2017

Postby 9seconds » Wed Feb 01, 2017 4:59 pm

have to say im a bit disappointed i knew nothing about the refused coming to NZ
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Re: Laneways AK Jan 30th 2017

Postby Sam Deformed » Tue Feb 07, 2017 11:11 pm

9seconds wrote:have to say im a bit disappointed i knew nothing about the refused coming to NZ


Hmmmm.....gotta hunt things out a little sometimes. I guess it wasn't advertised as a refused show so it got lost in the overall peddling of laneways?

They did say they'd be back however. :mrgreen:

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Re: Laneways AK Jan 30th 2017

Postby 9seconds » Thu Feb 09, 2017 1:08 pm

hhmmm well i hope i hear about it then, circa 2000 it was my greatest dream to see them live
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