Pigstock 2012 - Lafaro
Engine Room, 7pm Sat 2nd June
What happened: It was at Pigstock last year that it was announced that bassist Herb Magee would leave the band. Since then, they’ve released the mesmeric “Easy Meat” album and hired new bassist, Oisin O’Doherty. Tonight, he looks at his most comfortable on stage since he joined, casually singing along one minute, thrashing the bass to within an inch of its life the next. Which is exactly how the band are tonight – they effortlessly deliver what other rock bands strive throughout their entire careers to achieve and never do. White hot, sheet-metal riffs and music that could only come from here but could go anywhere! “Tupenny Nudger” is magnificent, as usual, but no longer feels like the ‘big’ song simply because it’s a set of ‘big’ songs. The tense build-up in “Mr Heskey” goes on too long for my liking but when it releases, it unleashes a frantic circle pit! “The Ballad of Burnt Dave” is beset by blister burns from the PA but still packs a huge emotional punch and “Chopper” threatens to completely wreck the place. Yet another awe-inspiring set!
Pro: Dave’s delight at the circle pit - “It was as if someone from above was stirring a big bowl of people...but you couldn’t see the spoon” and, of course, 11 slabs of life-affirming, death-defying rock n roll!
Con: The snap, crackle and pop of the PA throughout the last 3 songs and the extended build up in Mr Heskey.