On Tuesday night, the mind and body numbing week started with club shows all around town.
First show of the week took place at Revolver with LoveLoveLove featuring the drumming of Axel Skalstad, one of the best young drummers around (mostly known for his jazz projects in Kongsberg) Despite a really low volume, they put on a good show of shoegazer/post-rock with some nice vocal work from Ida Holmen. A new pleasant discovery for me.
Next up, I head to Sound of Mu where Handmade Records own Burning Motherfuckers are performing to a packed sauna. Sound of Mu feels like the sun has boiled the air inside. I love the place, but I wish they would move to a bigger/
better location for shows. A band described as a mixture of Can and Big Business with a falsetto vocal, put on a great show for the mostly non-øya crowd. Burning Motherfuckers ooze of originality in the Oslo scene.
Drenched in sweat, I quickly head for Blå where the highlight of the day is playing.
Tremoro Tarantura impressed me greatly at their Revolver show some time back.
Imagine Shining and Skull Defekts giving birth to a love child in eastern europe, while listening to Ministry, and you have their sound…sort of. No one in town sound like this band; and that is refreshing. Tremoro Tarantura proceed to melt everyones faces over a loud and intense 4-5 song set filled with energy built around guitar riffs sounding like angry swarming bees.
Mark my words: This band will be playing the main area of the Øya Festival next year.
Spectral Haze perform the last set of the evening at Last Train.
Not having heard these guys before, I am surprised and impressed by the sound.
Yes, it’s standard 70’s British heavy psychedelic rock ala Motorhead. But the tempo stays heavy all night long, and they don’t let up. Another pleasant surprise!
An impressive Day 1 of the festival is over. Every band delivered. Thumbs up for Oslo bands for once…
Awesome photos by Tremoro Tarantura and Burning Motherfuckers thanks for Karim Mansour. Please don’t reproduce without permission.