- Mind Mountain
Returning to the scene of their face-meltingly impressive performance in 2012, MOON DUO promise similarly vivacious antics this evening. Having since added a drummer to the band’s line-up, Moon Duo (or trio, rather) have beefed up their sound immensely following the release of superb new LP Shadow Of The Sun.
Whetting the appetites of eager gig-goers in the neighbouring Kazimier Garden, PINKSHINYULTRABLAST perform a highly anticipated free entry set in the run-up to tonight’s main event. Hailing from St. Petersburg, the band raucously dive into Ravestar Supreme and Holy Forest to formidable effect. Showcasing brilliant debut album Everything Else Matters, the band combine the finest ethereal elements of shoegaze and dream-pop in a similar vein to Slowdive and Cocteau Twins. The newcomers have been utterly remarkable from start to finish.
Kicking off tonight’s main event is TVAM, brandishing a krautrock-inspired solo set which is executed impeccably. Accompanied by an impressive visual display, TVAM does well to excite the emerging punters. MIND MOUNTAIN, tonight’s second support act, are an entirely different beast. Powering through one single composition for the entirety of the set, their piercingly loud, bone-shuddering psych jams soar amid a daunting clamour of bass-driven doom and synth meddling. Having recently released a split 7” with Carlton Melton through God Unknown Records, Mind Mountain are going from strength to strength as of late.
The stage is now set for Moon Duo, consisting of Wooden Shjips’ Ripley Johnson and Sanae Yamada. Set opener Wildling furiously hurtles and swirls around the room amid a vortex of intensely encapsulating visuals, which manage to transform the room into a kaleidoscopic voyage. Circles and Night Beat further delve into their unique brand of droning, reverb-laden guitar clatter, with intricate synth and whispering vocals smoothly blending together. The band’s progression with their new LP is profound, with scintillating percussion now adding a fresh dimension to their sound. This can be clearly seen on Slow Down Low and Ice, as Moon Duo continue to dazzle and deafen the trance-induced audience. The dense, fizzing distortion from Ripley Johnson’s guitar is a real highlight, energetically buzzing around the room in an impetuous decibel glaze. Ripley also pauses briefly to mention his sorrow at the eventual closing of The Kazimier, which is so revered due to gigs exactly like this. Welcomed back onstage for a much-appreciated encore, Moon Duo have been on excellent form throughout their set and they leave Liverpool once again with a lasting impression. Back soon for more of the same, we hope.