Almeida / Atiptoe / Parachute For Gordo / Throatpunch City [Live Review – The Boileroom, Guildford, 27/1/15]
Fuck Suzuki. Their cars are crap. My formerly faithful four-wheeler failed at completing a function even more basic than going forwards, and refused to even start. While Throatpunch City were getting through their set, I was pretty much doing this:
One train journey later, and Parachute For Gordo were, as always, goddamn incredible. Few instrumental post-rock bands infuse their music with as much joy as these guys do – or very much joy at all, come to that. And very very few bands of any kind could call their audience cunts and receive knowing laughter in response. PFG clearly know their fans!
Atiptoe are pretty damn special themselves – not to mention modest, putting much of their compositional skill down to studying at ACM. It may have cost £27,000 by their estimation, but it was worth it. Hopefully their merch table takings will go some way toward keeping Student Finance off their backs.
Almeida seemed concerned about being “too heavy” – which was odd, because there’s no such thing. In any case, these guys were epic regardless of how heavy they were (or weren’t) at any particular point. Imagine Between The Buried And Me (one of the greatest tech-hardcore bands of all time) with much more emphasis on the punky hardcore part, and you’re in the right ballpark. Whether progressive, thrashy, or both, Almeida are consistently intense, and always right on the money. Last night, they made a new fan over here.
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