The Long Weekend of Music Part-1
Black Noise are Laurence (Larry, or Lazza) Rene’s new project, formed initially as a duo playing their own brand of Dark-wave electronica but have since expanded into a full band.
Laurence is such a charismatic front man as many will remember from his days of ‘Shard’ and ‘My Passion’ but Black Noise are very different, heavier, darker but still very melodic.
I and several others I talked to before Black Noise took the stage wondered how the material developed as a two piece electronica would ‘translate’ to the full band format, especially as they are still in their embryonic form and this being only their 2nd live gig.
Many of us had the feeling that we had indeed been treated to something very special and I’m sure with his connections in the music business and with his fame as a DJ on the London Club Scene growing Laurence will take Black Noise ‘up there’ with the likes of Pendulum, Hounds etc. where they unreservedly belong.
Once again SoundArc Live Promotions managed to deliver two top bands, one excellent gig and all for free
There’s nothing crap about Crap Crab
Despite the name
The way they change beats and chords it’s insane
Played with aplomb
We bounced we jigged we danced along
And then Black Noise
From these boys
With more than a touch of electronica
And showman Larry at the helm
Their sound had the ability
Your senses to overwhelm
What a night
What a splendid night alright!
The Long Weekend of Music Part-2
Friday saw us off to Club-85 in Hitchin for another absolutely splendid gig, having missed their recent London shows and as I’m not going to Sonisphere this year I promised the Fort Hope guys that I would catch them locally at the first opportunity and here it was! I love the album, Courage and I’m proud to say I was one of the sponsors on the crowd funding project they launched to get it made, was it worth it? You bet your life it was and their live performance was quite honestly one of the best by any band I’ve seen for years.
They say the Phoenix rises from the flames
In this case it’s not only true
And it’s fair to say not one but two
Have risen from the ashes
0f what once was My Passion
Last night was Black Noise
Tonight it’s Fort Hope
But first we really ought
To mention the support
Melon, a fresh young band
Who even took their mistakes in hand
After four attempts to start one song
Somehow each time it just went wrong
So they binned it and carried on
I know a lot of more experienced
And professional bands
Who’d let that sort of thing get out of hand
And they’d probably still be on stage
Arguing themselves into a rage!
Kumara came next with their loyal fans
Great funky rock for summer evenings
Who needs Glastonbury is all I can say
When we’ve got all this locally day after day
Fort Hope, what can I say
They took to the stage and blew us away
Playing songs from the ‘Courage’ album
Yes indeed, the Phoenix has risen.
What a splendid 2 days so far, but this is only parts 1 & 2, parts 3 & 4 will no doubt follow once I have recovered from the Aghast Fest and that friends is a whole new story! So, until the next time, get out there and support live music, you know it makes sense.