Live review: Souvaris / Sincabeza / Alright The Captain!

16 Oct

Souvaris, Sincabeza and Alright The Captain! played at The Chameleon on Friday 16 October, 2009

Reviewed for LeftLion.co.uk

Two bands from Notts, one from Bordeaux, no singers, a metric ton of very loud noise crammed into The Chameleon’s tiny loft and some mild resulting tinitus; it was a night of mad math-rock to satiate nutty rockers as well as the most avid music geek.

First up were Nottingham lads Alright The Captain!, who dove headfirst into a set of thumping, thrashing, intricate creations. They showed off a wide range of talents, taking one song from light-hearted ska to heavy metal by way of guitar-pedal-mashing madness, and incorporating the kind of time signature and tempo changes that meant that anyone trying to be a casual head-bopping listener looked like an idiot. Perhaps it was the low lighting in the Chameleon loft, but at times their guitarist seemed to be moving his strumming hand faster than the eye could see – it’s a good thing he wields his guitar for the good and pure forces of rock ‘n’ roll; if he turned his talents to the dark side we’d all be fucked.

Up next were Sincabeza from Bordeaux, who produced a wall of guitar noise speckled with synthesised sounds, held together by some of the tightest and insane drumming this reviewer has ever seen. They were comprised of a guitarists-come-keyboardist, a bassist-come-keyboardist, a guitarist-come-keyboardist-come-trumpeter and a mental drummer – and I know, anyone would think I was starting an erotic novel with that sentence! But their multi-talented lineup fared well and filled the loft with cohesive, discordant and engaging energy. It’s a difficult thing to engage an audience with no singer, especially when half the band was facing away from the crowd, but their explosive instrumental metallic math-rock was enthralling.

Headlining were Souvaris and I must admit, even the music geek in me struggled to keep up with these guys (yes, I’m a geek rather than a nutty rocker, can’t help it!). They threw out varied, interesting and audience-screwing beats that forced you to pay close attention, which is what this genre is really all about. It was a glorious cacophony, a wall of dense, well-organised noises which pulsated through the flood and right up to your chest. Souvaris make you feel a strange sense of achievement in your musical appreciation of them; if you can tap your foot in time to their constantly changing beats you feel as if you should win a prize. And if you ever want to see a gig end on a truly epic finale, see this band.

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