Bruce Lamont -- Cleveland, OH -- September 4th, 2011
This was a last minute show for me, as my buddy didn't have to work, so the trip to see a great musician such as Bruce Lamont and the fantastic Man's Gin was too good to pass up. We got to Now That's Class around 9 and it immediately reminds me of the Smiling Moose in Pittsburgh. Awesome rock/dive bar with a kickass jukebox. Not five minutes later, the man himself, Natrlhi arrived and the party really began (and by party I mean awesome conversations). Before the show started, we got to talk to Bruce Lamont for a good 20 minutes about his solo record and the Chicago scene. The drummer from Keelhaul was there and knew Bruce pretty well, so we went to watch the opening band of the evening...
100,000 Leagues Under My Nutsack
I have no words for this band. They were a semi-acoustic group that sounded like any band 15 year old hipsters would enjoy. The lyrics on the other hand were, well, I'll just let the song titles do the talking and maybe Nat can elaborate more, because I have nothing.
Baby, I'm Gonna Rape You
My Balls Are In Your Girlfriend's Mouth
Everyone Here Will Die Tonight
Needless to say, I couldn't wait for Man's Gin to come on, and boy did they not disappoint. Erik's voice live is even better than it is on record. The band, besides upright bass player Justin, all wore sunglasses during the set. The highlights by far were the final two songs for me. Bruce joined the band on sax for Doggamn, which was fantastic, and this was followed by one of the heaviest things I have witnessed all year, Dry Body. Nat has the entire set, but I know that they also played Smiling Dogs and Nuclear Ambition Parts 1 and 2. After the set, we went over to talk to Erik about how great the set was, and I couldn't help but to ask about Cobalt. Phil will be returning from Iraq next month, and Erik has already begun the writing process for the follow-up to Gin as well as a new Man's Gin record. Very funny guy as well.
After a short changeover considering how much equipment Bruce Lamont had, his set began. Eric from Bloodiest joined him on guitar and keyboard, but this show was all Bruce. He had a loop machine, 3 different saxophones, 2 acoustic guitars, a harmonica, and two microphones at his disposal. His set reminded me a lot of Sunn O))) in the sense that it had a very drone-esque feel to it, but also was completely unique as well. When his set ended, it took me a few minutes to get my bearings, but it was easily one of the top 5 sets of the year for me. An actual setlist is damn near impossible as much of the set was improvised, but I'll do my best.
2 and 3
One Who Stands On The Earth/The Great Decline
After the show, we talked to Bruce for another half-hour. We talked about his plans for a new Yakuza record next year, the Chicago metal scene, and how the new Nachtmystium will pretty much be a straight-up black metal record. Sanford Parker has now joined Nachtmystium full-time for live shows and recordings. Minsk has also broken up, but there is one final finished record that hopefully will see the light of day. Unfortunately, we had to cut our conversation short and head back to Pittsburgh, but this was one of the most fun nights I've had in a very long time. If Bruce Lamont plays anywhere close to you in any band that he's in or his solo project, you owe it to yourself to see it. You will not be disappointed.
Future Islands: 8/8