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Gruel, Jovian & State Icons @ The Cowley Club Brighton 14.08.10

Gruel, Jovian & State Icons @ The Cowley Club Brighton 14.08.10

Possibly the loudest gig I’ve been to since I saw Motorhead this was certainly a serious amount of noise for such a cosy venue.  It was Gruel’s last ever gig so despite them being from 300 miles north of Brighton the Cowley was still pretty packed.

State Icons opened and whilst, it was Gruel’s last gig, it was State Icon’s first and a pretty solid start it was!  I must admit a slight bias towards this band as up until about 5 weeks ago I was playing bass for them but my imminent move north has meant that they’ve managed to upgrade!  Made up of former members of Staathat, Rainydayfuckparade, Plague Sermon, Red Stars Parade, The Devils, Duckstab and a fair few other bands, the band certainly do have good pedigree.  You never would have known it was their first gig as they came across tight, experienced and confident.  Check out the video below for a flavour of the set then download the full set by right clicking and ‘saving as’ here

Jovian were next on the bill.  Brighton’s best kept secret is the rest of the UK (and world’s!) loss.  They’re booking a UK tour soon so get involved when they come to you as never has a band so well blended all out noise and doom with such catchy riffs.  Members of Cat on Form and End The Agony certainly give you a vague point in the direction of their sound (well much more so with the End The Agony sound..!).  Again have a gander at the video below then right click and save as here to download the full set

Gruel finished off the night with what was their last ever gig.  I wasn’t too familiar with the band beyond knowing that  among mates into their psychedelic noise type music they were seen as top of the pile.  I checked them out online before and enjoyed what sounded like quite pleasant riff fueled 60’s influenced doom but live it was another prospect entirely!   Whilst the music was awesome (as you’ll be able to hear below) the visual spectacle took it to another level, for those of you who know the cafe/library/social space that is the Cowley (check out pic’s on their site if not) imagine the place plunged into darkness, filled with smoke and then a dude in a cowl with a scythe and covered in blood walking through and just screaming at everyone!  Then spot lights shoot up from the floor and the band kicks in with weird images being projected on the back wall – awesome right!  Below is a short clip just to give you a tiny impression of the fun that was had.  Just gutted I won’t see them again.  Right click here and ‘save as’ to download the full set for your listening pleasure!

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