Braincandy: EST for Suffolk's music scene?
By Andrew Woodger
The first Braincandy event at the Ipswich Corn Exchange was sold-out and the organisers are hoping it can become a regular event. King Billy & The Marvelous and Charlie Brown headlined alongside art exhibitions and films.
First and foremost the people at Ip1zine need to be congratulated for organising the event and trying to inject a bit more life into the Suffolk music and arts scene. The event was spread out over The Venue, the bar areas, the foyer and Cinema 2. However, the capacity was limited to just 300, which meant that the crowd for the music stage seemed a little sparse at times. Hopefully next time, the Corn Exchange managers can allow a bigger crowd in without flouting the accursed fire and safety limits?
Creyola Thief Genius
Comperes for the event were the Urban Sofa Beat Collective. Billed as the comedy element, it was more a case of two blokes chatting on a sofa and introducing the bands. Their comedy podcasts are available on their website.
Creyola Thief Genius started things off musically. Joel and Jo from Charlie Brown are in this four-piece - making a more traditional indie guitar noise in contrast to the keyboard-driven songs that make Charlie stand out from the crowd. The vocals were a bit too low in the live mix which goes with being the first band on. It was sorted out for the rest of the night.
Ip1zine's editor (and Marc Warren lookalike) Howard Freeman did a Bob Geldof-at-Live-Aid by appearing at his own event. His acoustic duo The Horns kept the music going from the sofa while the main stage equipment was turned around. Their American easy-feeling songs provided a pleasant interlude, but does the lyrical reference to "the money shot" mean he's planning a porn element in Cinema 1 at the next Braincandy?
Cats Against The Bomb is a one-man band, but not a bit like Leo Sayer. Not like Billy Bragg either, as it features a drum-machine and a frenzy of guitar effects pedals. A cut-up of bits of guitar noise and speech, it's an interesting listen, although the man himself played it all in a disinterested manner and that seemed to transfer to the crowd.
King Billy at Braincandy #1
Highlights from the under-threat silver screen included a montage of inmates at HMP Wayland in Norfolk talking about their drug problems. Powerful stuff and strong imagery. Six local artists had displays in the bar area. Most eyecatching were the "Skin" pictures of Kathryn Tydeman - open wounds on canvas which clearly have a sexual element?!?
Charlie Brown have belt issues
All the artists gave up their time for free - and the evening closed with two of the best local bands who got the crowds dancing. Charlie Brown again proved they're the ones to watch and the night closed with King Billy & The Marvelous' brand of funk, ska, Clash-in-reggae-mode punk, barked lyrics and attitude. A very tight sound by four boys who look like a classic band-as-gang. Many younger members of the audience had drifted away by this time - presumably because they'd got to go to school the next day. Not very rock'n'roll behaviour. See Me.
Ip-Spit strike a pose
Minor gripes about Braincandy include the lack of a cloakroom (it is winter for gawd's sake) and maybe a spot of food could be available? Smokers have to stand outside the front door and you're not allowed to take drinks into the cinema. Overall though it's a great event with a lot of potential and one worth supporting. Hopefully, they'll let more people in next time.
Your reviewer missed poets Nee-Hi and Trusay and hip-hop/beat quartet Ip-Spit because he was watching the looped films at the bottom of the staircase and in Cinema 2. Just like a mini-Glastonbury you can't see everything - so do add your own reviews using the Have Your Say box below ....
last updated: 26/11/2008 at 14:34
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