Monday, 25 October 2010

Throbbing Gristle - Hackney Dissenting Academy

Throbbing Gristle

Hackney Dissenting Academy #1

Village Underground


23rd October 2010

Well this was up there in the
"Best ever..." category! A truly memorable gig. Throbbing Gristle kicked off their European mini-tour with this gig at the Village Underground in downtown Hackney which just happens to be TG's old stomping ground and the very birthplace of Industrial Music.

The venue itself is an old underground yard/depot and TG played in a cavernous, industrial, bare-brick train shed (very similar to the 2009
Glasgow Tramway venue). No support just an ambient soundtrack which built the atmosphere nicely :)

This was a whole new TG set using modified versions of the
Gristleism units that they released last year as well as the custom built Tutti Box v1.0 that Chris Carter designed and made for Cosey Fanni Tutti while Peter "Sleazy" Christopherson had well - who knows what! Lots of very strange looking gizmos that I think he had specially built for him. Genesis Breyer P.Orridge kept up the newness with a new electric violin and an iPhone(?)

The volume was typically over-the-top TG
stylee (nice one Mr Sound Engineer Charlie Poulet!!!) and at points felt rather like falling in a lift/elevator with that sorta stop at the bottom where your insides catch up with the rest of your body! (While also feeling that you may pass out at any moment ;-)

Oh and I lied ;-) they played about four "oldies" inc The World is a War Film, Springbankistan, Discipline, The Old Man Smiled... which you can see here:

As you can see from the vid it was impossible to hold the camera still due to the pulsing bass etc and even more unfortunately my battery ran out, but I wasn't expecting a nearly 2 hour gig! Including a rare encore (despite some of TG's jet-lag, and broken fingers!).

I did take a little vid on my mobile of the encore
Discipline the quality is really crap but I managed to catch the moment an excited fan decided to storm the stage, disrobe and stage-dive into the crowd!!!

NB as he found out people are somewhat reluctant to catch you, presumably they don't want a handful (or worse) of some strangers genitals

All-in-all a ⚡⚡⚡⚡⚡ performance!

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