Kleistwahr, I have to admit, caught me off-guard. Instead of the power-electronics that I was expecting, tonight Gary is playing a solo experimental set with sounds generated through his guitar and various effects. At first, this bewilders me to a certain extent but as it progresses I adjust to what he’s doing and start to really appreciate and enjoy it. Shards of sound combine with subtle rhythms to create an unsettling ambience. The only thing that doesn’t work for me is the visual side of things. Gary stands to the far left of the stage, with projections on the screen behind him. Musically, it sounds good, but the stage area seems empty and, as I said for JFK, something like this needs a more confined space to work to full effect. Regardless, I enjoyed this set and I will definitely be investigating more of the recent Kleistwahr releases.
The Punk Rock’n’Roll Art Show has become a regular event over the past few years and is starting to get the recognition it deserves. Basically, it brings together artists from the many different layers of the Punk Rock community, to display their artistic endeavours in a friendly, appreciative environment. Some are more established than others and some can be quite surprising, but it’s all in the right spirit, that of, anyone can get up and express themselves. The opening nights always involve live music and, even though the PA in this place isn’t ideal, it’s a great way to generate interest and ensure a good show. This time, the headliners are Chelsea, the band who once featured Martin Stacey, one of the main organisers of the Art Show. Anyway, the evening kicks off with Spizzology, which is basically Spizz and Luca from Spizzenergi playing stripped-down versions of Spizz-songs. Whatever you think of Spizz himself, there’s no denying that the various guises of the band have plenty of great songs and even in this format, they still sound great. Next, there’s a change to schedule.