Gathering of the Tribes. "Big Day Out". Wayville Showgrounds. [review]
Bramwell, Murray Ross
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This year’s is the twelfth "Big Day Out". "Big Day Out" gives us the past, the modish present and always a glimpse of the ineffable future. "The Prodigy", "bridesmaids" in 1996, were the lords of all they surveyed the following year. Last year the virtually unknown "White Stripes" played a small side stage, now they are the New Carpenters. But it is the chance to see zany little bands like Osaka’s "Shonen Knife" or those Mormons in alfoil, "Rocket From the Crypt", or bands of the calibre of "Dirty Three", "Wilco" and yes, "Coldplay", that makes the event so engaging. Rocking hard seems to be the thing this year. Everyone is thrashing - as if they think "The Darkness" and "The Strokes" and oh yes, headliners "Metallica", will make everyone else look cissy. "The Datsuns" and "Sleepy Jackson" were at it, as was "Muse", who trashed the subtler sound of their albums into disappointing sludge. "Blood Duster", "Lost Prophets" and "Poison" the Well were born to sound like angle grinders of course, so I preferred the "Persian Rugs", aka the "Hoodoo Gurus", who played some goodtime rock and roll, and hiphop stars "Black-Eyed Peas" who showed their considerable flair with a set including What is "Love and Shut Up". "The Mars Volta" played their Floyd-like "Drunkship of Lanterns" but when they began to go murky I wandered off to the Boiler Room and the esoteric ambience of "Aphex Twin".