Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Black Moon Circle Denmark-Norway Tour Nov 2019

Nov 3rd

I caught the bus in my home town to Lisboa with a change in Coimbra at 16. All was smooth so far except the bus driver decided to take the N17 instead of the highway and arrived at 17:35 instead of 17:05. A lot of people on this bus, including me were booked for the Lisboa bus at 17:30 and very stressed.  The bus waited for us and it was completely full but there was no time to get any food, pee or a drink.  Just straight on to the other bus.

Then.. there was incredible traffic on the A1 to Lisboa. We actually came to a complete stop several times. I had never seen so many cars on the toll road, ever! Insane.. Now we were a hour behind and then about 15mins away from the station, the driver pulls over and says she has gone past her limit or driving for the day. We have to wait 45mins for a fucking replacement driver to show up. So we arrive 2 hrs late. There was some very angry Eastern European people in the front of the bus who missed their airplane flight now. Insane.

I was so hungry and thirsty. Feeling a bit strange. It was only a 5.9€ taxi ride to the hostel and then I could find a restaurant but it was nearly 22 now!! I had a nice meal (I had sort of wanted fish but they talked me into veal) and a few beers and then straight back. This place is a dump though! The bed was one of the worst I had ever (tried) slept on. The springs are sticking up all over the bed, so no matter where you try to lay, you have a metal sticking you in the side, arm, legs.. stupid… small room with only a small window in the ceiling with rotting plaster and corroded metal frame. Very noisy, not a very nice bathroom, no towel… would not recommend this place even for 24€ a night for a double bed. 

Anyway, it is not raining today so far and my flight is not til 11. So I have lots of time now.  See how today goes.

Nov 4th

Sunset in Roskilde 
Arrived in Denmark without a problem. Plane left nearly 40mins late but only arrived 5-10mins late. Took 40mins and my bag was the 2nd to last to come off so by the time I got to my daughters it was 18:30..  It is much colder here than in Portugal.  We had a nice evening.

Nov 6th

Gray and wet out, 7C outside.  Not sure if I will go to CPH today or not? I will meet some friends tomorrow for some beers. I will go into town early and visit some stores, etc… eat at Sheik Shawarma or Kebabish??  We will see.  Working more on my book at the moment.

Nov 7th
 Woodstock, Christiania, DK 
SørenWoodstock, Christiania… 

I saw my daughter after work and then took the train to Copenhagen. I stopped at the Hostel to check us all in and drop off my suitcase and then off to Christiania.  It was about 1815 when I got there and the guys all arrived about the same time. The club was so smoky. Incredible. I had no idea how I would manage to be in that place playing music for 3 hrs???   Anyway, after some greetings we got down to business and BMC set up the gear and Jiri set up the mixer and connected to their PA speakers and set up a couple of monitors. I went to get some food and came back 10 mins later. This place is small so we were really packed in there. There was no soundcheck, really.  ØSC was playing first at 20.  All went pretty smooth and the ØSC line up was only a five piece and the new guitar player in Fri Galaxe, Jiri and Martin’s band, would play with us for the first time. He was a guy in mid 60s I guess and a really nice guy.  Anyway, ØSC started on time and played for nearly 2hrs. It was a cool concert with some great dynamics and Søren really went for it and played some wild solos and came up with some great starting guitar riffs.  Fun show..
Woodstock audience

Took about 30mins and BMC was ready to roll. Simon was squished in the corner by the door to do liquid lights for the totally stoned and wasted people in Woodstock. They were entranced for sure.. Anyway, we opened with the Ghost. Daniel would like to start with this song every night but we like to change it around not get stuck in any routines. This keeps it fresh for us and we keep all of our repertoire alive.. It was fucking loud and I had forgot my moulded earplugs so I had to use those yellow EAR ones and they block out all the frequencies where the modular synth is so it was tough.  The place was pretty full but not as many people as earlier.  We played only 4 songs on this night including the new on Monster Serpent that we are enjoying a lot. It was a fun night and great to see Jiri and Martin and some friends that came to see us and me. Very few old friends showed up, sadly. IT was a late night, 2 by the time we got back to the hostel and we have to be on the road by 10.

Set List: The Ghost, American Eagle, Monster Serpent, Enigmatic Superbandit
Nov 8th-  Vaterland, Oslo, Norway

 We had a great gig here in March and it is a cool club. The drive was pretty uneventful and we arrived just on time at 18. The other bands were also just outside the club. Super nice people.  This was going to be a special night. Orsak:Oslo were opening with a 40min set and then BMC for an hour and then a special BMC meets Kanaan jam.  Rob, the Australian guy was still the soundman so this was excellent. He is great and friendly and works hard to make everything perfect for the musicians.

All went well and we had an excellent pizza from downstairs (probably the best in Oslo). I like the one called Satan.  So did the other guys.  They provided a few cases of Hansa beer but I think it tastes bad. I only had 2-3 the whole night. They have a lot of great craft beers on tap but they are super expensive, the cheapest is 128kr, I think and up to 169kr.. That is nearly 17€ for a single beer! Crazy..

            Orsak:Oslo are a four piece instrumental band. The drummer only had a high hat and ride cymbal, which I found interesting.  The main guitar player played some really cool effected guitar with a nice flanger that he used on a couple of tracks.  The set was pretty diverse and more rock than the album I heard on bandcamp which I thought was kind of boring.  They were quite good.

BMC hit the stage a little after 22 as planned and we opened with Jack’s Cold Sweat, which is a fun one to play but we don’t play it that much anymore.  It was fewer people this time (62 paid compared with 82 last time in March) but a good crowd and they were really into it. There were so many amps on the stage going all the way to the ceiling there was virtually no where for Simon to project, which was  a pity.  Anyway, we had some very cool jams and a good set. Everyone enjoyed it.  Daniel was a little off though with the tempos on a few of the songs. I think he probably smoked and drank too much before the gig.

Set List: Plains, Jack’s Cold Sweat, Monster Serpent, The Ghost

Next the Kanaan guys set up their pedals (bass and guitar, the 2nd drum kit was set up at soundcheck) and we had a little 15min break.  Daniel was pretty tired after the set but he was forced to really kick ass with the young fresh drummer as most of the stuff we had in the jams was pretty uptempo and fucking loud! Two drum kits, two bass players, two guitar players and me on synth. IT was really fun and the audience really enjoyed it. Two guys came up after the show and said it was the show of the year, better than any they had seen at Høstsabbat! High praise. It makes you feel so good when you hear that. Wow.. That is what makes playing music all worth it in the end, considering all the hassles and expenses and difficulties one goes through just to pull gigs off.

Nov 9th- Lobbyen, Trondheim

It was a late night and a long drive to Trondheim. The weather was terrible with snow and ice leaving Oslo. Thankfully it was clearing up as we moved north and then there was no snow as we got toward Trondheim.  I drove the first couple of hours and then Daniel drove and then Vemund took over for the last 90mins.

Anyway, we arrived at the club a little later than we were expected. Anyway, this load in, set up went very fast but the soundcheck took forever. It was not a very experienced sound guy but he was super nice (and he did a great job if you listen to the recording!).  They had redone the club since we last played here. It was much nicer now and a bigger stage than last night. I was still pushed nearly behind the PA.  All went well. We had pizza again and some beers.

Glydenløve (The Golden Lion- below) were the opening act. This was Simon’s new band. A four piece playing instrumental rock and roll with a slight metal edge and some 70s inspiration.  This was there debut gig in a club. They had only played private parties before. Anyway, they rocked!! IT was super loud though and the guitar and bass were way too loud for the stage so you hardly heard the drums at all.  There was about 50 people. They started right at 22.

BMC, we hit the stage at 2230 and opened with Machine on the Hill. I had wanted to play it on the last tour but we never managed. Anyway this was great and the new way we play it is cool. It is not as long as it used to be. Then Enigmatic Superbandit, Monster Serpent, The Ghost and we knocked them dead with Warp Speed. Not as long a version as at Desertfest.  I think it was about 75mins.  Vemund was on fire this night. We had a really good response from the audience and Torgir, who owns the record label that most of the BMC stuff is released on, thought it was the best he had ever seen the band. That the sound was really complete and I was more integrated into the song structures, etc..  He was happy. There were some photographers but I don’t think it was video taped. We had one other recording as well that we will get but no multitrack (of any of the gigs).
Great tour but not sure how successful it was money wise as we had less people than last time we played in both Oslo and Trondheim. We sold out the last of the shirts now but only 3-4 records each night and maybe 1-2 of the CD boxes. We don’t sell a lot on tour at all, which is a pity.  This was the last gig probably until May or something. IT has been a great year for BMC and I think we made a lot of new fans this year. 

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Black Moon Circle- Bismut Oct Tour 2019

 Oct 16th

I got the bus at 1530 from my home town to Porto. My friend Paulo picked me up in the pouring rain and we headed to the great beer bar, Catraia in the walking streets of Porto. We always go there. We had an amazing IPA from the Drunken Bros brewery from Bilbao Spain. Yum.. 6.5€ for a pint.  I would have liked another beer but needed some food. We went to a place almost across the street as it was pouring down rain and had some Taiwanese chicken rice bowl. It was ok. The Taiwanese beer was a standard Asian lager and tasted of nothing after that amazing beer.   We just relaxed the rest of the evening.

Oct 17th

We were up early and out the door at 730 to take me to the airport and then Paulo was off to work.  I had no hassles at the airport all was smooth. Bought a sandwich and drink for the Ryannair flight (9.25€).  On the plane and looks sunny out but cloudy below. We left more or less on time so all good so far. I am really excited to see the guys and to play again.  Glad we have one gig before the big one at Desertfest. We got lucky to get the best slot as the last band in the small room on Friday night. I will see my friends Anders, Ann Karin, Sara, Benny, Lone, Paula, Desierre, and probably others as well.

12:25 I arrived at Eindhoven more or less on time. 4€ for a ticket to the Eindhoven station and then it should have been like 45mins to Oss on the train not many trains were running and all the people heading in the direction I was going had to take a bus to Boxtel for 25mins and then the train from there to Den Bosch and then to Oss. I did not arrive in Oss until 15 and it was almost 1530 by the time I got to the club.

There was supposed to be someone there from 15 but no one was around luckily I started talking to Leo, a very cool guy who lives above the club. He invited me in and I had some tea, and a bit of a rest and I could leave all my things there. He called Amber, who owns the club and lives across the street and she said they would be there at 18.

I spent the next couple of hours going around the town. Had some Vietnam potato shrimp rolls that were great, stopped at 17, beer O’clock at the local theatre café and had a really bad local non-alcoholic IPA.  Nice aroma, look and smell but a metallic aftertaste that was nasty. Could not even finish the beer. 4€ down the tube. Got the label.

Went to Speakerland and had a great chat with the man who runs this custom hi fi shop where they have been making their own brand of loudspeakers for 35 years!! Impressive. He was very nice and we heard some Black Moon circle on his speakers and it sounded great. He said he might come (and he did!)..

I hung out with Amber and her husband at their apartment. The guys were not going to arrive until 19:30 now as their equipment was delayed and one box of merch did not make it so they will send it to the club later tonight, etc.. They had to go to Nijmegen to pick up the guys in Bismut and the gear, so everything was way off from the proposed schedule that we got. See below..

Oct 17th-  Cafe Lollipop, Oss, NL
Address:  Kerkstraat 5, 5341 BK Oss, Netherlands
15.00 get-in crew Lollipop
16.00 get-in, set-up & soundcheck Black Moon Circle
18:00 get-in Bismut
18.00 diner
19:00 set-up & soundcheck Bismut
20.00 Showime Bismut
21.00 change-over
21.15 - end Showime Black Moon Circle (75mins + encore)

Anyway, we had a nice meal, set up the gear and Bismut hit the stage a bit after 21. It was so great to see the BMC guys again. Last time was in June.  Øyvin was a bit sick, as seems to be the case everytime we tour. I think it is a lot of stress with work, rehearsing, getting everything together for the tours and he gets sick.

I guess there were about 25 people. It is a super small bar. Sound guy was very nice but he had little to work with since only the guitar was mic’d up. Bismut they don’t have any vocals. They played two new songs and were a really good band. Intense bass and drums and a lot of space for the guitar to riff and space out. Cool instrumental heavy metal with some prog and psychedelic inspirations. I think they played 5 songs total about 50mins. They had never played here and it went down well.
BMC were on about 2230 and we played an hour. I was supposed to try out my new sequencer but the band just started before I could do it and I had no monitor and had to stand in front of the PA. Not good. When Øyvin sang, he blasted you and I had to stand to the side away from my synth. Anyway, I missed the first notes on the recorder and I did not expect them to start so fast.   We started with the new one, The Ghost. We played it nearly every gig on the last tour, so it is not really that new but it is not on any of the records.  Next up was American Eagle and this was great.  Then we tried two really new ones, first time ever played live, Landslide and Monster Serpent. The later worked really well. Both sounded heavy…  We ended with Stone Cold Killer. Set was about an hour on the recorder.  I don’t think it will sound good.  Some people were standing right next to the recorder and talking as well.  NO good place to record in this tiny bar.
BMC in the Cafe Lollipop after the gig!
Set List: The Ghost, American Eagle, Landslide, Monster Serpent, Stone Cold Killer

You can hear the complete show here:

We had a great time and people loved it and gave us great praise. The bar is a true R&R bar with all cool people. Great music on the stereo, they even make their own Carolina Reaper vodka. It was strong but I thought it would be stronger actually.. Phew.. I was first off to bed about 0015…

Amber, the owner of the bar and her husband were some of the coolest people I have ever had put us up. They provided an amazingly experience for us, providing food, drinks, place to sleep, weed, you name it… everything we asked for. Just so kind.  Rare people in this world. Lovely.. 

Oct 18th

I was the first up about 8. Had a shower, a sandwich, my fiber… feel a bit tired but doing well. Partly sunny day outside. IT is very loud around there though. Drilling, massive church bells. Rang 100 times.. Insane around 815 this morning.

I am supposed to get the guys up at 11 so we can get to the train by 1324… We will see.  We talked about the set for tonight—Space In, Ghost, Monster Serpent, Machine on the Hill, Warp Speed.  Something like that.

2hr 10min for the train from Oss to Antwerpen, about....

Oct 18th- Desertfest, Antwerpt, BE

We managed to get the train from Oss at 13:15 and only had to change once. 25€ for a train ticket. It was pouring rain in Antwerp but they sent some one to pick us up. Our gear got a bit wet but not too bad. IT had stopped when we got to the venue. Personal was all super professional with wristbands, food ticket, drinks, backstage… they assign a person who gives you a full tour of the venue and where everything is. We did notl have our own backstage room but a chilled place where we could chat with other bands. We mostly talked with the Temple Fang guys. Super super people..

Everything went super smooth. We did some promo fotos with a really nice Portuguese lady. The band loved it when she said “Ricardo!”..  We got a few laughs out of that. The guy we were staying with Bram, was the stage manager for the stage we played on, so that was great. We had everything we needed. I spoke to the sound man about doing a soundboard recording and it was possible but some how we only got the last 14mins.. so he did not do right.. Pity..

I got to see Monomyth, 30mins of Nebula (new drummer??), Temple Fang, a bit of Truckfighters, 30000 Monkies.. Monomyth was excellent but only played 35mins. They had one new song where both the keyboard players also played guitar so there were 3 guitars! I will have a separate review of this on the blog. 

Audience just before we started.
The band before us finished early so we had a lot of time to set up and soundcheck was smooth and it sounded great.  I started the show with my new sequencer into the modular and did a 3 min space in, we called March of the Antwerpians!  We opened with Ghost, as we did the night before. The place was totally packed. Next up was a monster 20min version of Enigmatic Superbandit. This went down well with the audience. We tried out the new song, Monster Serpent and also extended this to at least 15 mins. We had almost used up our time but I had spoken to Bram if it was ok if we went a little over and he said it was so we did Warp Speed. We only had 50mins but I think we played about 60! 

Set List: Space Intro, The Ghost, Enigmatic Sueprbandit, Monster Serpent, Warp Speed

Enjoy the complete show here:::

Audience loved it. One girl told me it was the best show of the day. We hung out with lots of cool folks and went to the night disco until 0230. Peter was playing tons of cool stuff. It was a great night but I was very tired when we crashed at after 3. The other guys stayed up partying until 5 in the morning!!  We sold 170€ in merch.. shirts..

Oct 19th

         We managed to work out a deal to leave our gear and merch in the venue since we were traveling with Bismut and they were the first band on today.  We arrive a bit before 15. I had to meet a guy named Jo to pick up some records I bought from him. He was super nice as I was 30mins late.  I saw Bismut for a couple of songs. It was really packed and they had a great sound. I think they played 4 songs, including the two new ones. People seem to dig it. Two gigs for Bismut in 7 hrs!  We talked a bit about me playing on one song with them. We will see..

I also saw a bit of Admiral Sir Cloudsly Shovell, and Fireball Ministry. A bit of RRaigs as well.  Then we had to head off to Tilburg for the gig tonight. 

We arrived t the Little Devil just about 18. Perfect timing for a relaxed set up and soundcheck. Turned out we could do a soundboard here to night and I set that up and recorded the soundcheck through the soundboard of one some of me playing with Bismut. Sounded good and worked..  Bismut has been filming most of the shows as well.

There are two festivals, Into the Void and Desertfest this weekend in this part of the world so it was not a big surprise we only got 25 paid people. The response was great. There were more people watching Bismut though (I counted 19) and only 12 for BMC.
Bismut is a great band and very powerful and cool dynamic, riffs, sounds, etc.. and super super nice people…  Hard to meet nicer men…. Anyway, I played on the last song and that was a lot of fun. People seem to really like it. Thanks guys..

BMC, we started with a new space in, March of the TIlburgians??.. and opened with Stone Cold Killer and into the Ghost. It was not a great start. I had a hard time to get into the gig at the first and was a bit annoyed as no one in the band wants me in their monitors, or cares if they hear what I play. Daniel even said he did not want to hear, too much sound in the monitor was not good for him.   Next, we took the concert to the next level though with Landslide and Monster Serpent. Two of the new songs. MS is especially good. Next, we played Andromeda for the first time on the tour. The new way to play it is different but cool. Audience still wanted more and there was 20mins til closing so we did Enigmatic Superbandit. It was our longest show, about 75mins maybe even 80. 

Set List: Space Intro, Stone Cold Killer, The Ghost, Landslide, Monster Serpent, Andromeda, Enigmatic Superbandit

The band thought this was a terrible show (it was not, check it out below for yourself!). We will see when we hear the recording. I made a soundboard recording for both bands this night. For sure no one in the band heard anything I played again like in Oss….

25 paid people so we got 187€

I was very tired and the Norwegians wanted to close down the bar again and stay til 4 but I was not willing to do this and it was far away where we stayed at Richards. 20mins in the taxi, and a 25€ fee and stupid to pay that twice… We got back to Richards a little after 2. I have no idea how late they stayed up.  Thanks to Jurgen for helping us set up the show and Richard for giving us a place to crash….

Oct 20th- Paraplufabrieken, Nijmegen, NL

         I was up at 10 so that was great that I could lie down for 8hrs straight. My feet were not hurting that much (I am not used to wearing shoes) and I felt more rested. I had only had a few beers the night before. We managed to get the train and arrive in Nijmegen just about 1315 and find the club close by so we were able to stick to the schedule below.

13.30 get in and soundcheck. 
15.00 open
15.30 Bismut
17.00 BMC
19.00 Curfew and diner, you sleep there.

Super cool people at this small venue that is in an old squat that has become legalized. 8 people live in the building and there is an art gallery and 14 small shops or businesses.  Everyone was great..

Everything went smooth with the set ups and soundchecks and a lot of the bands friends and family was here since it was an early matinee show. It was totally packed for Bismt. You could hardly get another person in the place. About 50-60 people.  Great band and super nice people.

I stood on the floor for this gig and also played with Bismut for one song. I actually snuck a few sounds in on the 3rd song as well. Thanks guys.  All the shows were recorded for both bands. 
Happy Daniel at the Merch table.
We started on time and played another one we had not played on the tour but we started off with American Eagle after the space intro and into Jack’s Cold Sweat. 1st time on the tour. It was great.. Monster Serpent and Warp Speed and our hour was up and we blew them all away. Lots of happy faces. It was probably our best gig.  It works so much better when they hear what I am doing. I could see they could and we look across at each other and it was cool. Check out the show below. Best recording of the tour. 

Set List: Space Intro, American Eagle, Jack’s Cold Sweat, Monster Serpent, Warp Speed
We hung out with everyone, sold some stuff and drank some beers. IT was nearly 20 before they came with the food but it was really good, especially the spicy asian syle cucomber salad. Mood was great and I talked with all the bismut guys. Lovely people... I crashed out at 10 as did Daniel. No idea how late the other guys stayed up but I guess pretty late. They had to get up before 6 to take the train to Amsterdam.

I was up to say bye and then laid back down until 830 and took a shower, had some tea and a banana. Left Berry, who we stayed with a nice note and went to the train.  Everything was very smooth and I was at the airport 2.5 hrs early. Plane left on time and I got home as expected..

What an amazing band and amazing people. We are so grateful to play with these guys. They were the most kind, the most generous people.  What other band gives you all the money from the gigs (except the Desertfest) minus their expenses??   Just insanely nice and generous of them and their friends that just helped us out every step of the way with transport, backline gear, etc.... We were so incredibly grateful and humbled by these amazing people- Peter, Nik, Huibert

Desert Fest Antwerp, Belgium Oct 18-20th, 2019

We arrived at Desertfest about 15 in the afternoon so we could get everything sorted out and it would run smoothly for us when we play at 23:25 on the Friday, the first day of the festival. We met all our contacts and all went very smooth. 

Everything went super smooth. We did some promo fotos with a really nice Portuguese lady. The band loved it when she said “Ricardo!”..  We got a few laughs out of that. The guy we were staying with Bram, was the stage manager for the stage we played on, so that was great. We had everything we needed. I spoke to the sound man about doing a soundboard recording and it was possible but some how we only got the last 14mins.. so he did not do right.. Pity..

Monomyth were the first band on and they had an amazing sound on that stage they played. I was really into it but they only played 35mins which was really short. They played a couple of new songs, as they have a new album that was just released now. I did not see it for sale but I had already ordered it!  Great band and I spoke to them a bit later as well. Seem like nice guys.

Nebula was the first band up on the main stage and opened with To the Center. Great choice. I think they had a new drummer since Sonic Blast last summer?? Anyway, they were sounding great. Eddie’s voice is very harsh compared to what it used to be but he can still play the guitar.  I only saw the first 25mins or so. Man’s Best Friend was a super heavy new song. Great stuff..

To the Center, Do it, Man’s Best Friend, Aphroditie, ??, ??

Temple Fang were next on the stage that BMC would play later. I love this band and told the BMC guys to for sure check them out. They only played two songs as a big medley of sorts, opening with Gemini, which they always play first. Then Not the Skull… Gemini is a slow spacey track where the guitar below does the lead vocal. He has a cool voice. It is a great track. They have a great classic rock vibe to them this band and can also play some high energy rock and roll as well with nice use of the two guitars. Can't wait for them to record an album but they are really slow. Have not even started yet. They did not play any new songs since when I saw them twice at Roadburn. They are making us wait!!

I caught a bit of the Truckfighters but it is not a band I really dig. They have an amazing energy and the crowd clearly really dig it and get into it and sing the songs and it is a wild time of high energy stoner pop riff rock!! No solos….   People go crazy for them and it was packed.
30000 Monkies was a strange band. They reminded me of Mr Bungle or some of the crazy Mike Patton projects.  I am not sure people knew what to make of them and neither did I. I only saw 2 songs.

Yatra were next and this was some heavy stuff. Not my kind of music but they were passionate and massive… I spoke to the band a bit at the end of the night and they were super nice folks… Crowd was into their show, which is great..

The band before us (Black Moon Circle) finished early so we had a lot of time to set up and soundcheck was smooth and it sounded great.  I started the show with my new sequencer into the modular and did a 3 min space in, we called March of the Antwerpans!  We opened with Ghost, as we did the night before. The place was totally packed. Next up was a monster 20min version of Engimatic Superbandit. This went down well with the audience. We tried out the new song, Monster Serpent and also extended this to at least 15 mins. We had almost used up our time but I had spoken to Bram if it was ok if we went a little over and he said it was so we did Warp Speed. We only had 50mins but I think we played about 70! You can see the first part of the show below.

Set List: Space Intro, The Ghost, Enigmatic Sueprbandit, Monster Serpent, Warp Speed

Audience loved it. One girl told me it was the best show of the day. We hung out with lots of cool folks and went to the night disco until 0230. Peter was playing tons of cool stuff. It was a great night but I was very tired when we crashed at after 3.

It was great to see my friends Anders, Ann Karin, Sara, Benni, Desierre, Geir, Paula, Johnny, and Luc, and many others.. 

Oct 19th

Our tour mates, Bismut were the first band on, so we arrive in time to see them and a few other bands before we had to head off to play in Tilburg!  Bismut had a great sound and pretty full room when they played. This is a fantastic instrumental metal prog-psych death boogie music.. I guess. Complicated stuff with heavy metal guitars but also strange sounds and effects on the guitar and bass sometimes. They played 4 songs in their set, I think two were new ones. They plan to record a new record in Feb-March 2020.

Admiral Sir Cloudsley Shovell from the UK were next up. I really dig these guys and their last show in the church at Roadburn a few years ago was awesome. Anyway, they have a new album out Oct 25th and I expected to hear some new songs.  This is down and dirty greasy, ugly rock and roll, straight up, no fucking around. 

Set List: Do it Now, Markon, Hairy Brian, Elementary, Potato Boy, Wrong, Robo Colobo, Red Admiral

Fireball Ministry was next on the big stage. I had never seen them. Scott Reeder from Kyuss was playing with them but sadly you could not hear him for the entire show. Totally shit soundman. The singer who was also the lead guitar player was inaudible for the first 3 songs as well. I really dig his voice and they had some cool songs but it just did not sound right with no bass and one guitar way louder than the other. Sound man sorted out the guitar after 3 songs but never the bass. Pity….  Lots of nice air bass from Scott!!
Fireball Ministry
I managed to catch a couple of songs by RRaigs, who Amber played for us in the bar in Oss. They started with what seemed like a jam before going into the first song, which I did not like at all. Just did not get it.. But the next song was really good and they seem to get rockin.  I think they have an EP out.

We had to leave for Tilbug so no more bands but lots of great stuff later that day including Church of Misery (I said hi to them..), Bongripper, Ruff Majik, Elephant Tree, Pelican, Lo Pan, Dopelord, Ty Segall, and more. Sleep was the headliner on the sunday.