The front row at a Super Extra Bonus Party gig can be a bit like a war-zone. I’m pretty sure I saw someone lose a tooth on Friday night. During the chaos in the second half of their set I attempted to keep taking photos up there amidst the flailing limbs and upturned bodies. Every now and then a concerned individual would make an attempt to protect me and my little Canon from the onslaught of another failed crowd-surf. I’ve photographed the Boner’s gigs many many many many times and it’s always an experience. It’s the kind of gig that live show that really requires a photographer’s pit to shoot from, but I hope that kind of boundary is never put between these guys and their hysterical fans.
I missed Captain Moonlight‘s set because we were still at the Synth Eastwood show over in Filmbase. Got in a bit before R.S.A.G. started and picked up a nice new Bonus Party t-shirt (thanks Mike!) with the brilliant ‘Night Horses’ illustration by Stephen Mooney on it. Having only seen R.S.A.G. in Whelans a week or two ago as part of his nationwide tour, I knew what to expect. There was no sign of the new song Jeremy recorded as part of The Raw Sessions on RTÉ on Tuesday night, but his set was typically brilliant. Anytime I’ve seen him play at something like this, I can feel him winning over more and more new fans with his fantastically unique live show. Unique might be one word used to describe the Rubberbandits, who played a considerably longer set than they did back in March despite having to run over to the Button Factory afterwards to play at the Synth Eastwood party. All the old favourites were included like ‘Bags of Glue’ and ‘Up Da Ra’ (in which we learned that the entire line-up on Friday night were members of the IRA). Lyrics in the new songs included “Girl, I wanna sit your Leaving Cert.”, “Here comes the cops, so stick the half ounce down your jocks” and “I’ve got a lump on me scrotum”. Lovely. Apparently they never once removed their plastic bag masks.
Super Extra Bonus Party played a brilliant set full of their usual energy, enthusiasm and danger. They mostly drew from the new album, starting with cracking versions of ‘Super Team Go!’, ‘Radar’ and ‘Comets’. There was even a nicely reworked version of ‘Everything Flows’ and with most of the new album’s collaborators unable to make it, the guys were accompanied by Captain Moonlight on ‘Tea With Lord Haw Haw’ and the brilliant Rodrigo Teles for ‘Do Inicio Ao Fim’ and the classic ‘Favourite Things’. I’ve been listening to the album since the gig and it’s a huge step forward for the band. They’ve got the confidence to do what they want to do and they’ve produced an album with even more variety and invention than the debut, but it’s all about the live shows for me. The lads play every gig like it’s their first and their last and any band that can incite that kind of euphoric mayhem in their crowd without resorting to the lowest common denominator are alright by me.
Cúpla more photos after the jump and loads in the set on my Flickr.