Castanets, Crevecoeur, Fireworks Night @ The Windmill, Brixton, 5th May
Usual solid fare from the Windmill. I generally get about a 2 out of 3 rating from a night out seeing hitherto unknown (to me) bands like this. I liked Fireworks Night but need to learn the words to describe this type of music, a bit Kurt Weill-esque, all 3/4 time, reminded me of Gavin Friday. Crevecoeur ("soundtrack music with a pop sensibility from eclectic French trio") were good too. It's not often you see a real live theremin. Castanets (aka Raymond Raposa from San Diego)--"experimental, gothic country and avant garde psychedelia"--seemed to go down well but just didn't do it for me I'm afraid. Oh and the big news is you can now get a decent pint of Pedigree at the Windmill. No reason to stay away now.
Finally, apologies for getting a member of Milkwood (on first tonight, before we got there--thanks for the free CD though) involved in an unnecessarily lengthy conversation about milk- and indeed wood-related bands/records.
Top 5 milk-related bands/songs:
1. Ernie: Benny Hill
2. Milkman of Human Kindness: Billy Bragg
3. Henry Cow
4. Milk: Garbage
5. Pint It Black: Rolling Stones
Top 5 wood-related bands/songs/musicians:
1. Roy Wood
2. Woody Guthrie
3. Woody from the Bay City Rollers
4. A Walk in the Woods: Fatima Mansions
5. Woodstock : Joni Mitchell /Matthews Southern Comfort / Crosby Stills Nash & Young