Hebden Bridge – Trades Club – DAMO SUZUKI + THE WINDOW RIGHT + COOL PIANO ROLL – Saturday 31st July 2010

The first Was Ist Das? event since the site relaunched….who else but Damo Suzuki and where else but in our new hometown of Hebden.
Flyer for Damo Suzuki at Hebden Trades

Joining Damo for the first part of his set were local spacerockers CIA who include Ian Hinton-Smith among their number.

After a set with CIA, members of the support bands Cool Piano Roll & The Window Right joined in, with Andrew Liles of Nurse With Wound later joining the fray.

Damo Suzuki & C.I.A. from Was Ist Das? on Vimeo.

An amusing review posted online at the Word magazine’s website

Saturday July 31st
Hebden Bridge Trades Club
What to expect from this? Former Can frontman supported by two local post-rock bands, for basically an extended jam session. Just before the ridiculously young Cool Piano Roll (no piano) kick things off with a pulsating wall of sound, we spot Damo sitting by the side of the room. One warm handshake later, and feeling 15 again, am hugely impressed by the openers. Am already a fan of The Window Right, but CPR edge it on the night. Then it’s time for the main man, initially with four new musicians. Damo cups the microphone in both hands and then starts “singing”; not using lyrics as such, but more using his voice to complement the sounds the others are producing. It soon becomes clear that he is the catalyst for the musical inventions of the others, keeping things moving during wholesale changes of musicians and five guitarists are on stage for most of it. He only stops twice in a two-hour set. It could have been dreadful, but it isn’t – it is glorious and it is triumphant.
The Audience:
Given that the main attraction is a 60 year-old Japanese hippy and that this is Hebden Bridge, it’s surprising how normal most of the audience looked. Age range 20-60; all having a great night. Loads of dodgy dancing in evidence. Nobody cares.
Food & Drink:
Warned off usual bitter by companion, but Oakham Ales’ Inferno at £2.50 a pint saves the day.
It Made Me Think…:
At £7 a ticket and a crowd of 150, no wonder Damo can’t retire yet; and the lads from Cool Piano Roll are never going to attract the chicks playing that kind of music!

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2 Responses to Hebden Bridge – Trades Club – DAMO SUZUKI + THE WINDOW RIGHT + COOL PIANO ROLL – Saturday 31st July 2010

  1. admin says:

    OK, there were changes to the advertised line-up.

    Firstly, Tony Tuba had to drop out due to personal matters.
    Secondly, Ian Hinton-Smith brought along his new band CIA who opened the gig with Damo and then after a few numbers began swapping places with the likes of Cool Piano Roll and The Window Right
    Thirdly, Andrew Liles joined the session spontaneously
    Fourthly, Dawn Hinton-Smith did not DJ but Ian Hinton-Smith did

    and a splendid time was had by all

  2. admin says:

    DJ setlist [DJing shared between Ned & Ian HS]:

    Wooden Shjips – I Believe It
    Boris – 8
    Cave – The Ride
    Ian Hinton-Smith
    Broadcast – Pendulum


    Ian Hinton-Smith
    Soft Machine – Why Are We Sleeping?
    United States of America – Hard Coming Love
    Kevin Ayers – Song From the Bottom of a Well
    Buffy St Marie – Better to Find Out for Yourself
    Aphrodite’s Child – Altamont


    Spacemen 3 – Losing Touch With My Mind (demo)
    Michael Yonkers & Plastic Crimewave Sound – Here & There
    Current 93 – With Flowers In The Garden of Fires
    Flaming Lips – Pompei Am Götterdämmerung
    The White Noise – Love With Sound
    Sunburned Hand Of The Man – Loft At Sea


    The Stooges – 1970
    Frank Zappa – Willie The Pimp
    The Velvet Underground – Sister Ray
    Sabres of Paradise – Wilmot

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