London had a shit week. I want to cry and scream with rage. And it is over 30 degrees. London is too crowded and dirty and sad for hot weather. It is sunny, and there is a big cloud of sadness and anger. The cloud of the Finsbury Park Mosque attack the day before, the cloud of Grenfell Tower, the cloud of London Bridge, the cloud of disappointment that we still have a government that we do not agree with or vote for, the cloud of Brexit, the cloud of Westminster Bridge. Too much. Give us a break. We are all being nicer to each other to ease the pain, but we hurt. If any other band had been playing on tuesday night then I wouldn’t have gone.
I’m sure Dam know a thing or two about rage and sadness and being attacked. They are from Palestine. They are Palestine’s longest running hip hop band, they’ve been making music for around 20 years. I only came across them a couple of years ago, when they released the excellent anti-gender violence song Who You R.
Within minutes of Dam bounding on to the stage all of the tension I felt inside started to melt. They were medicine for my soul. This band are so full of positive energy, hope and catchy tunes. It was impossible not to dance. They preach a serious ethic with a smile and a wicked sense of humour. “We are Dam, from Palestine. Our country is occupied, but we have a scene… Hey, you should all move to Palestine, I hear London isn’t so good lately”.
We stayed up with snacks, beer and tea til 6am watching the election on TV. Most exciting election this century. Lord Buckethead should have won Maidenhead, he wouldn’t be doing deals with line-dance hating thugs. This is my drawing of the Maidenhead results being called, Last Supper style. #nosleeptilhastings
I want my little friend Ozzy to grow up with healthcare, housing, education, opportunities, freedom and tolerance. We will get none of those if the Tories get in again. #VoteLabour #KickOutTheTories
OOIOO (support from Bamboo) Kamio, Shoreditch, 30th May 2017.
I have waited for years to see Japanese band OOIOO, and they absolutely were worth the wait. They are amazing and brilliant and words can never do them justice.
The whole band are incredible, but I couldn’t stop myself being fixated on bass player Aya. Everything about her is cool and she makes her complicated bass lines look so effortless.
Otoboke Beaver at the Working Man’s Club, Bethnal Green. 5th May 2017.
Otoboke Beaver blow my mind. They are all absolutely masters of their weapons, they play with exact precision and ease at 100mph at the same time as contorting into acrobatics. They command absolute attention, waiting for silence before launching into a full on punk rock assault.
They promised to return to the UK again next year. I will be counting the days.
Support was from the excellent c86-ish Say Sue Me from South Korea.
more GIGS AND PENCILS Otoboke Beaver:
Otoboke Beaver in the gigs and pencils calendar 2017 (free to download)
Otoboke Beaver at the Shaklewell Arms May 2016
Badges of my drawings to give away to the first 30 people who come to our gig on friday.
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We are putting on gigs at the Beehive in Bromley by Bow, every 2nd Friday of the month. This month it’s my bands Rabies Babies and MoFaM, and my new favourite bands Slags. This is the flyer I made.