Saturday, 28 November 2009

AC30 Reverence Festival, ICA, 28/11/09

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart performed as part of the AC30 label's 3-day Reverence Festival- a celebration of radiantly fuzzy guitars, huge walls of noise and shimmering waves of feedback. Unfortunately I couldn't get tickets to the first night (Friday) where early shoegazers Chapterhouse were revisting their material, but this evening more than made up for it. The Brooklyn-based quartet quickly delved into their sweet, short and blissful pop tunes which combined with the frenetic swirling lights to create a hazy, dreamy and enchanted night. They mentioned that they've now played more in London then their home town, and will continue to do so, with two more upcoming London dates before the end of 2009 in honour of their latest EP release, the brilliant Higher Than The Stars.
The support acts were well chosen, both providing hazy guitar-led tracks. Ringo Deathstarr, despite their strange name, make beautiful music- wavy, cascading surges of distortion overlaid with soothing dual vocals and glistening riffs. Hailing from Brazil but based in London, The Tamborines provided overwhelmingly loud psychedelica, describe themselves a 'fuzz rock band' and although only a 3-piece, had a definite stage presence.

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