Saturday, 21 June 2008
PRIMAL SCREAM - F***k The Festivals!
There’s not many bands whose new releases I look forward to; Primal Scream are an exception, they have been one of the most consistent and hard working bands over the years, forget their naff debut, but from then on in each release has either reaffirmed or reinvented the power of rock’n’roll. From their MC5/Thunders influenced much underrated self titled second album and on to the dance groove of the groundbreaking Screamadelica, then the sleazy druggy Stones’n’Roll of Give Out But Don’t Give Up. Vanishing Point finds the Scream machine experimenting with a post dance/dub rhythms vibe. My two personal favourites are Xterminator and Evil Heat, which find the band in a harsher, angrier and more political modus operandum. Riot City Blues harks back to their more traditional heads down no nonsense boogie, but still a glorious riot of tunes. So it’s with anticipation and slight excitement I await the arrival of the next scream selection; Beautiful Future, what a great and ironic title considering all the shit that’s going down in Britain and across the world at this point in time. The festival season is also approaching, not that I’ll be attending any. Paying a small fortune to get either sunburned or soaked to the skin, drinking watered down lager watching loads of crap bands while waiting for a few good ones aint my idea of fun anymore, but no doubt there’s plenty of people looking forward to going to one of the many that are happening, me…I think I’ll turn the stereo up and spend 3 days in my garden listening to a few live bootlegs. If anyone fancies joining me, here’s a couple of Primal Scream festival appearances: Reading 1994 and T in The Park 2002 only thing is my garden's full up, so you’ll have to find an alternative venue.