(Last) Exile - Photo by Adam Humphries
The evening started with (Last) Exile, filling the stage on his own bright electro beats with a mean edge. Surrounded by gizmos aplenty and sheparding a menagerie of sounds to perfection, and not afraid to throw in some quaking bass for good measure.
So the stage was perfectly set for the introduction of Moscow Youth Cult, a dust cloud of noise descending from a higher astral plane with beautiful vocals of longing. An audio-visual experience, performing in front of a backdrop of classic sci-fi scenes. The crowd were treated to the live debut of a new track, full of an almost desperate drive. Stand out event of the set was a nice touch of improvisation when one of the duo disappeared for a piss mid-song, possibly a first.
Moscow Youth Cult - Photo by Adam Humphries
Last but not least were 8mm Orchestra. The feeling that immediately takes hold when the first ethereal chords begin to play is that an odyssey is about to be embarked upon. Telling stories through instruments, they draw you in, lull you into a false sense of security and then hit you with a crescendo of sound that envelopes you when heard live.
Performing with a tweaked line-up, the guys also rolled out a brand new song for the occasion. Called Flying Blind on a Rocket Cycle, it romped along at a pace that lived up to its name. A joy to listen to and evidently also a joy to play.
8mm Orchestra - Photo by Adam Humphries
There was an epically loud finish to the set with Pale Blue Dot (from their new EP Orbit) and old favourite One Small Step. The odessey had taken The Bodega somewhere to the far reaches of the galaxy, wondering what’s next.
8mm Orchestra, Moscow Youth Cult and (Last) Exile played at The Bodega on Friday 31 August 2012.