Saturday, 31 May 2008

Monotonix...



So before I tell you about Bruce Springsteen, let me tell you about Monotonix. Chronologically they came first....

We have never been to Manchester so decided to throw ourselves in at the deep end and got a cab miles away from our hotel to see Monotonix who we had heard were great and happened to be playing the first night we got there. Ace.

When we looked online to find the venue it seemed that it was a Turkish restaurant, which seemed odd, but two sources confirmed this so who were we to question the fact? I don't think the place had updated their website in a while because while it had the look of a neon fronted kebab cafe, inside it was a grimy music den, with a fab balcony to sit and drink Red Stripe on.

There was, like, 30 people there (of whom a third were probably with the two support acts) but that didn't stop Monotonix doing their thing. Hell no.

I have been trying for ages to think of how to describe this gig well enough to full convey the sheer excitement of it, and it's hard, but I'm gonna try....

They played in the middle of the room, they moved the drum kit and played at the side of the room, they moved the drum kit and played on the bar (see pictures above). They never stopped playing while they did this. I was in complete fear of getting man-handled/spat on/dragged to the floor and unashamedly used my boyfriend as a shield from the crazy Israeli dudes.

The singer hung out the window. He tied his microphone cord around the drummers neck and then dragged him off his stool and pulled him around the venue - the drummer kept playing. The drums were on fire - literally. He emptied bins from the bathroom over everyone. He stole the ice bucket from behind the bar. He invited fans to pour beer down his trousers. He used the bin bag to asphyxiate the guitarist. All the time they were playing amazing fast minimalist dirty rock.

It was intense, exciting, exhillarating, scary, fun, messy. And one of the best gigs I have ever been to.

And on the way back we hailed a cab, and the same guy who brought us down there happened to pick us up. I thought that was well spooky.

4 comments:

LazyTcrochet said...

I'm speechless! Wow that sounds like fun!? Off to google them LOL.

High Desert Diva said...

ummmm....speechless

ok...maybe not

the part about emptying the bathroom bins on everyone....ewwwwww

Callooh Callay said...

That sounds intense! So the music was good too? And you got to pour beer down his pants? Cool.

Waterrose said...

wow sounds like a great time....i think...lol