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Sunday I remembered to take a book. Unfortunately it was dull and annoying (Jonathon Carroll's Land of Laughs). The music wasn't especially cheering me, either; we'd arrived too late for Lesbo Pig and as far as I could tell Mr Duck had been rescheduled *completely*. Brillig and the Slithy Toves had an interesting name, and you got to wonder who was Brillig and who were the Toves (behind Niall, who was doing a William Burroughs impersonation, was a confused-looking person with a Moomin t-shirt on) but they were a Ceilidh band, and I have allergies.

Psychid were being tiny and gothy and shiny on stage, so I settled for that for a while, before doing another wander. I came back in time for Simon to point something else out to me (he does that a lot) but I cruelly carried on walking up the hill as Misty's Big Adventure had just started playing, and somebody was going to be the first one to go up to the edge of the stage and photograph their dancing thing and it might as well be me. They were great, of course. Except that the lead singer looked rather scruffy, which I thought was a shame, given the (anti?)style the rest were flaunting.

Who else? Oh yes, Electric Eel Shock. Tiny Japanese BIG ROCK band. So cool Damian came and got me to go see them. Which was fun even though I'm short because they climbed on things! Kid Samson, too good to be covered up entirely by the lead singer's mumbling (Sunday on a festival is it? Bit drunk are we?) though that did lead us to think that they were perhaps Fi-lo Radio after he incomprehensibly grumbled the band name into his collar. Turned out the noisy rock band on after them were Fi-lo Radio and Kid Samson were the clever electronica. Who'd have thought it.

After that it was time to collapse by the main stage for a bit. Fonda 500 were playing. I finished my novel. In fact, we had a right little book club going. What book would you take to a festival? We had Snow Crash, Lord Wimsey Investigates, an Andre Norton novel with a sword-wielding cloaked person on the front and some slender intellectual orange penguin or other. I whined about Jonathon Carrol for a bit then went to see if anything was happening in the tents.

In the chill-out tent, Twenty from Vic Twenty and three of her beautiful friends were dressed for school disco night and playing Frère Jaques on the transparent pink plastic recorders you can buy from Borders. That would be The Zoltan Kodaly School For Girls, then. They added a Casio organ and accordian forAll you need is love and Like a Virgin (at the tent flap, a tall guy in dreads and awestruck horror stared as if this were a sign of the apocalypse) before a challenging rendition of Girl from Mars with an almost walzy beat. After some (grrrowl) rude French stuff they finished on School's out for Summer! which was weirdly unrecognizable (though the recorder solos did rock). Extremely agreeable!

Back to the main stage for the BIG (local) NAMES. John Peel favourites Meanwhile Back in Communist Russia (say it as if it's all one word) doing goth poetry and guitars through cruelly unclement conditions (bright sunshine, birds, scudding clouds), with just the occasional howl from their depleted guitars and mumbled petulant bitter word-salad breaking through the wind .... blood .... bruises .... nail polish ... vomit ... black ... curdles ... shattered ... veins ....

I went for beer, Damian went for doughnuts. I started to drink a lot of beer. Dave the Am-goth (previously Dave the Anarchist) and tinyjo vied for worst sun-burn. The sun went down. KTB performed a hilarious big-band version of one of her folksy ditties (all it needed was Bruce Forsyth and dancing girls!). The bar closed. We went home. The end.

Interestingly, coalescent went to a completely different festival. Some sort of dimensional accident, I shouldn't wonder.

Comments

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mzdt
22nd Jul, 2003 12:11 (UTC)
In fact, we had a right little book club going.

And that's not mentioning the fact that jinty hijacked - and finished my chosen reading, the Night Listener by Armistead Maupin. We can't even discuss it, 'cos I haven't finished it yet...

Completely different festival? Me too, as I saw a lot of bands you didn't, and vise versa. Overall it wasn't band, although the tent stages were apalling in terms of acoustic separation from the main stage.

Mmm. Doughnuts.
cleanskies
23rd Jul, 2003 02:27 (UTC)
"it wasn't band"
hee hee

the range is impressive for such a small festival -- though I think, like you say, that the pay-off on that comes through in overlapping music areas. I think there's a place in the field where you can hear all four stages ....

and that would be the slim orange penguin I couldn't remember the name of, then.
mzdt
23rd Jul, 2003 02:35 (UTC)
yes, spotted that typo thank you
slim orange penguin

nah, thick and blue-green, but apart from that...

hardly worth debating for too long.
concourse
25th Jul, 2003 06:42 (UTC)
Acoustic separation was poor, but my moment of the festival was on sunday night when you could hear broken family band and ktb a capella over each other, playing in key and complementing each other's music superbly. I don't know if KTB noticed but there were certainly knowing glances from the broken family bunch.

And everyone I speak to talks about the doughnuts. They were good.
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cleanskies
27th Jul, 2003 16:14 (UTC)
excellent birthday you have!
and, as well as the doughnuts, honourable mention to the ymmy banana smoothies.

I had *way* too many of them!
harold_penis
22nd Jul, 2003 17:53 (UTC)
uh... "Am-goth"?
cleanskies
23rd Jul, 2003 02:31 (UTC)
the opposite of a not-goth
(who is someone who hotly denies being a goth despite obviously being one)

Dave claims to be a goth. I say, cropped bleach-blonde hair, perkiness and a He-man and the Masters of the Universe t-shirt do not a goth make. He says he is a goth *really*.

Very, very deep down, I assume.
harold_penis
23rd Jul, 2003 12:53 (UTC)
Very odd. I don't think we have such distinctions here. (Not a very good place for goths, of course - who's ever been elegant in Canada?) Actually, I get the feeling that "goth" means more, as a lifestyle, in the whole rest of the Commonwealth. Here and in the US, it's pretty much a matter of wearing the black clothes, having spots, and reading "Johnny the Homicidal Maniac".
cleanskies
26th Jul, 2003 01:27 (UTC)
elegant in Canada
sounds like the name of a band

Goths are a lot more glamorous than that here. Velvet, corsets, rubber, make-up, lots of hair ...
harold_penis
26th Jul, 2003 12:34 (UTC)
They do their best here, but it's all very wannabe and boutique-le-freak.
badlydrawncol
23rd Jul, 2003 08:14 (UTC)
The Truckfest was amazing this year! Highlights had to be Lesbo Pig (I bought their album for a stunning £3!), my dear friends Kid Samson (Mark was stone cold sober although a bit upset the instruments kept breaking although it was funny being stood with Simon of Fonda 500 who was just going 'Thats what you get for brining too much stuff!') and Trademark as well as Dive Dive! I missed ZKSFG much to my dismay!

Again, top fest, shame about the sunburn and I can't wait to see most of these bands again!

Colin (drownedinsound.com)
cleanskies
23rd Jul, 2003 10:04 (UTC)
I missed the little piggies
too late in on Sunday boo-hoo. Isn't their album the tiniest shiniest thing?

-- ignore my dumb comments, I'm always being mouthy. I'd totally go see Kid Samson again, they were fun (plus I missed some of the set so I need to fill in the gaps).

all the best ;) Jeremy
concourse
25th Jul, 2003 06:53 (UTC)
Hello
I also was at truck and much enjoyed it. jinty has just informed me that we share a birthday, so happy birthday for yesterday. I'm adding you to my 'friends' list; I hope you don't feel that's an intrusion.
To introduce myself, my name is mark, I'm in an oxford band, I work in an office. ˇ
(Anonymous)
27th Jul, 2003 09:06 (UTC)
nice lj
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thanx a bunch
do_vyechyera
29th Jul, 2003 04:56 (UTC)
Plastic dinosaur, huh...lovely.
Hello, I do enjoy your livejournal. Thats all, really. Maybe I just enjoy comics and toys. Either way, either way.
cleanskies
4th Aug, 2003 16:25 (UTC)
Re: Plastic dinosaur, huh...lovely.
thankyou, comics and toys are most wonderful things :)
(Anonymous)
8th Sep, 2003 09:32 (UTC)
Trucko
Hello, it's reg out of Kid Samson here. Truck was indeed fabulous though nightmarish for us on stage there and then with all that technical mayhem ohhh with nothing working and big long silences. Hope all there enjoyed it anyway and thank youuuuuz
cleanskies
8th Sep, 2003 15:59 (UTC)
Re: Trucko
yeah we thought you were great, why we tried to get your name figured out so we could see you again not in a tent ;]
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