So, here is my post about Infest 2004.
We spent a while fumbling and fiddling with the key card reader for the student halls we were to be staying in, but were getting confused as to why it wasn?t working – until it dawned upon us we were at the wrong building. The Dundee ppl plus some Glaswegians had clubbed together and booked two wings on floor C of the Trinity B student halls, the ones just up the road from the venue (the same halls I stayed in for Infest 2002). Picked a room and dumped my stuff in it. Was about to nip into the shower to freshen up when I realised I’d neglected to bring a towel, any shampoo or any conditioner. Nice one milk. The closest shop was just a convenience store that didn’t do towels – but they did do tea towels… Luckily the communal shower room door was only a few meters from my door so I could make a quick dash to safety with enough cloth to cover my nether regions. Got myself ready then headed down to the union to see whom I could see.
Then the fire alarm went off and the night really began. Bumped into
On Saturday Stu and I Headed into Bradford purchase a few essentials. Like a towel. Got a nice A6 sized black leather sounder pouch for when out in a skirt or other item of clothing lacking pockets. We also picked up some 5-htp (bloody expensive stuff), plus a towel. We also had a mini adventure trying to find some cleaning spray for Stu?s rubber top (Stu: ?Do you have any rubber spray?” Uninterested looking man at the BDSM shop we spent 20 mins walking out of Badford city centre to get to: “You mean liquid latex?”. Stu: “Um? No?”.) Headed back to the halls, had a nice long shower and shave then popped down to the venue to see what was happening.
Saw a bit of Skinflick who were fairly good, if you like melodic and dark metal industrial. I can’t for the life of me remember seeing Angel Theory who were one second. Found p0rl, Gav and co in the bar upstairs, then after a while we all headed down for Combichrist (the Icon of Coil vocalist’s side project). I hadn’t really heard much Combichrist before; the name had really put me of (obscure religious references I can handle, but a band with the word ‘Christ’ in their title? Fuck right off, thank you very much), but I was highly impressed by what I heard – elements from various genres, mainly slightly diluted powernoise mixed in with simple ebmish vocals, some industrial samples plus some disco and electro styl? beats. Need to listen to more of their stuff.
Missed Plastic; was sitting outside with p0rl and Gav and could not be arsed moving. Then the fire alarm went off again and everyone inside poured out which was bad for them but good for us as we had more people to talk to. Half an hour later the crowd was allowed back in again. Saw Proyecto Mirage – wow, talk about energetic! Pounding repetitive beats and noise with shouty female vocals (via a megaphone). Had a good dance. Several false track endings later and I was absolutely exhausted and soaking with sweat. Can’t really remember what happened between them and Suicide Commando, probably went outside again.
Suicide Commando were fair enough; didn’t blow my socks off but they played a few good tunes. Danced a bit again to the DJs, was happy once more. After everything has finished, Gav, me,
Woke up around 3pmish when p0rl called me wondering why I was still in bed. Note: buy some base next year. Had a quick shower, got dressed then headed down to the union where I met p0rl, Gav, Kas et al in the upstairs bar. Had missed Silence is Sexy due to having a good sleep. They were the only band I regret having missed as I heard good things about them from people afterwards. Headed down to watch Mono No Aware. Hadn’t heard anything by him before, but as soon as the music started I was lovin? it. Cracked open some glowsticks and had one of the more enjoyable dances of my Infest weekend. Apparently
Can’t remember what I did between Mono No Aware and Spetsnaz, probably just wandered around the stalls for a bit. Spetsnaz were.. the same but.. different. They were just one guy singing and one guy on electric drums (who must have had a crap monitor mix as he was out of time for a lot of the set) with all the rest of the music on backing tape. I don’t know if it was for production reasons or technical limitations, but almost none of the songs they played had intros or outros, which was weird as there was an element of surprise as to when a song was going to end.
Wandered around downstairs and outside for a bit then ended up on the dance floor dancing to powernoise in a Big Circle with lots of cybers and cybergoths. Converter was pretty amazing (excluding the few technical glitches at the beginning of the set). Had really good dance again (alongside Gav, directly in front of the right hand speaker), probably my second favourite of the weekend between Mono No Aware and Proyecto Mirage. Then it was Assemblage 23, last band of the weekend. Unfortunately (IMO) they’re were a bit shit live. Definitely a studio band as you can hear the details which make a track but that are lost when coming through a deafening PA system. They played some classics and several new tracks from their new album Storm (which I quite like). Finished the night by having a good ol’ dance on both the main and secondary dance floors waiting for everything to end. Dragged myself back to the halls. Couldn’t hear or see any parties in any of the kitchens so I headed to bed.