Steffan Van Soest Hit-Machine, Coal, Smith the Alien, A Flight To Blackout [09/12/06]

w/ Coal, Smith The Alien and A Flight To Blackout [09/12/06]

The night started out slow with bugger all people to catch a stonking set from Coal – Fleur’s absent from the current lineup, but William from the Pickups has slotted into the group nicely as their new organist, throwing in some sweet melody pieces on top of the boys terrific walls of sonic thunder; Jared in particular was on form, riding his tom’s with big rumbling rhythms.

Smith the Alien has been impressing folk with their one-half trad / one half Slint-style rock; all three guys are great musicans and their songs are starting to settle into my brain; good stuff.

A Flight To Blackout made a tremendous return; they’ve been reorganizing themselves since Cam (now guitarist for Smith The Alien) had to give up drumming due to tendon problems. Thankfully their new drummer is spot-on; a telling sign that i still know their (as of yet unreleased) songs by heart. Having gareth on guitar has added a little volume too, very cool.

The Hit-Machine are settling in on their new line-up too; with Simon Nunn settled on guitar (though dealing with some dodgy electrics through out the start of their set), the other Simon (ex How To Kill) hitting things extra hard behind the kit and of course Steffan on bass. Played a great bunch of their signature songs, and there was much merryment dancing (and shouting!) along to the favs.

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Coal

Biography

Coal are energy in another form.

Long-lasting groovy Christchurch noise-rock cum post-rock band based around the core guitar duo of Andrew Hensley and Jeremy Symonds.

Despite the best part of 2 decades as a live act, the group has yet to record, and have been through several ‘phases’ in their lifetime with an evolving sound and band line-up.

The group have connections to several groups, with members of A Flight to Blackout, The Pickups, Smith the Alien, and The Shocking Pinks forming the base of the group over the years.

Circa 2016/2017 the group are now a tight 4-piece with a huge sound – bolstered by excellent bassist Gareth Heta’s shear volume and the confidence the group now posses. Hensley in particular has come on in spades, with a great snarl and caustic lyrics (ala Mark E Smith) added to his guitar attack. ‘Peter Mead’ is a live favorite.

Members

  • Andrew Hensley (Guitar/Vocals, 2004 -)
  • Jeremy Symonds (Guitar, 2004 – )
  • Lachlan Beban (Guitar, 2004 – 2006?)
  • Scott Butcher (Drums, 2004 – 2006?)
  • Jared Kelly (Drums/Bass, 2006 – 2008?, 2014 – 2015)
  • Cam Walker (Drums, 2006?)
  • William Daymond (Bass/Organ, 2006 – 2007)
  • Fleur De Lis (Guitar, 2006, 2007)
  • Matt Craw (Guitar, 2007?)
  • George Gossett (Keyboard?, 2007?)
  • Paul Kidd (Electronics, 2008)
  • Danny Knight-Bare (Drums, 2008? – )
  • Gareth Heta (Bass, 2015? -)

Discography

Links

 

The Hit-Machine, Coal, Smith the Alien, A Flight to Black Out [16/02/07]


At the Media Club [16/02/07]
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