Memphis/Gonerfest Part Seven - The Gizmos headline Hi Tone with tons of cool stuff
(OK, Blogger posted this out of order, so to be sure that this post is seen, I am re-publishing)
I'm sorry to say that between Graceland and sound check, I missed the copious day shows. The Gizmos all met up for the first time at check (as members dribbled in due to traffic and airline troubles) and ran through as much of the set as we could considering that we didn't have enough equipment for all 7 members!
Ran out for a quick bite to eat and back in time to visit a little and see Obnox start the night in his unique way. He opened with three rap numbers done to backing tracks before picking up a guitar and adding a female drummer to make some punky blaring rock. He used some open tunings and had some droney sounds as well as some blues influences, making him one of the more different acts of the weekend. Lots of people love this cat - look for him to do plenty more!
We had met Natalie (guitar) and Madison (bass) of NOTS at various ventures throughout the weekend and they were incredibly sweet and soft-spoken and friendly. So, when they hit the stage with a monstrous sound, shrieking vocals and an overload of power, we were taken back a bit! "Not" what you would expect from such nice women! Abetted by Charlotte and Allie (keys and drums), they put out a post-punk/punk rock blast not unlike previous all femme bands like L7, but with their own touches, of course. The crowd went absolutely berserk for the ladies and the band were highly visual and volatile, as well. It was too much of a madhouse to get close enough for any good photos, so this is the best I could do!
Again, as old men, we needed some time to cool down and tune up before playing and we were graciously given a cool side room, used normally as a photo studio, with tons of great backdrops and props. Hence, the preponderance of photos with wacky backgrounds below! As we did this, we missed most of the other bands before us, other than popping our heads in once in a while - not enough to make a coherent review, though.
There are some videos posted here, including the Wild Emotions, crazy closers the King Brothers and the Golden Pelicans and Ausmuteants. Hopefully, more will appear. I would love to see what the Gizmos really sounded like!