Another excellent show at the darkroom this weekend, with New Zealand’s most party-orientated eletronic, eletro and chip-tune artists playing to a fairly crowded room on a lovely night in the garden city.
WAOTS (aka We Aeronauts of the Spirit / aka Max Lequeux) was the most downbeat on the night warming up the crowd with tracks comprised of Nintendo DS chip-tunes augmented with keyboards and vocals.
Favourite Ex-son of Christchurch Jos van Beek was next, playing his GameBoy augmented electro chip-tune tracks with great gusto, dancing around the stage and getting the crowd pumped up.
$noregazZzm ended the night with their own brand oh hip-hop fueled electro electronica – great fun, and a shame the lads aren’t going to be around much longer; with Dave Currie heading overseas at the conclusion of the tour.
With Lisandru showing his usual bravado on the mic the duo put on a great show.
Christchurch’s first Zinefest was a big success – great work to Eamonn, Timmy and the rest of the crew that put on an excellent gathering and after-party at Darkroom.
After-party entertainment came from the up-and-coming beats of St Eden, who’s got a cool sound going on with his electronic groove, the rock-a-billy 3-piece Shark Street, who got the crowd absolutely pumping, and the excellent surf-instrumental act Piha Rescue.
Great party vibe all night, great to see the fun returning to our broken city.
BnP (formerly Bits and Pieces) and Magic Eye have both been a bit invisible this last year, and so this show at the Darkroom marked both bands return to live shows (outside of the odd house-party) since the September 2010 earthquake.
Check out the rest of my photos from the night here.
Launching the debut of new Christchurch music venue (and top-notch bar, stocking only local beers, wines, liquors and home-made food) Darkroom was a great dose of acerbic synthesized noise – from the controls of Rainbow Beast. The place was packed, and not with the usual Borderline Ballroom audience, a few of whom didn’t really seem to get what was going on.
Dave Khan played a more tranquil set, utilizing his sampling keyboard to flesh out layers of sound. Dave’s set was a very calming, melodic performance; a shame a few patrons didn’t seem to appreciate it…
C Spencer Yeh took two different approaches – firstly a frantic performance on violin, producing often atonal, but frantic sounds. He then followed this with one of the more unusual human beatbox performances i’ve seen; with 2 microphones in hand he bounced sounds around this lovely, but crowded space.