Posted by Guest Writer on Thu, 07 Jun 2012.
- You in A Crisis?
- The Shoguns Decapitator
- Cheap Jazz
- Buenos Aires
- Alright The Captain
- Tera Melos
This is the first year the bUTTOpUSHER all day event has taken place, and what an event it was. Held at the Chameleon Arts Café in the centre of Nottingham, the venue itself oozed character and atmosphere. It's the kind of place you can image getting unsigned bands in before their big break. There was a small bar and room with tables and chairs then upstairs, where the gig was held. There was a fireplace, interesting artwork and a corner sofa, it felt like someone's living room, but just right. At the end of the room was the stage. I say stage; it was a space where the bands would be playing, with a draped red curtain up behind it. It felt very intimate and relaxed.
First up was The Shoguns Decapitator. The interesting name certainly got me intrigued. Taking to the stage mid afternoon with only a handful of people there must have been difficult. However they played as if they were playing to a packed out venue. At no point did their standards slip. Their experimental sound stands out from bands out there at the minute. To my surprise the songs were all instrumental which was amazing. You've got to appreciate their talent for playing the instruments and if you get a chance to see them I would do!
RicoDimitri were next up from Derby. This two piece band certainly made a lot of noise. There was a mix of electronica, drums and bass but it sounded incredible. They stood out at the event for having a slightly different sound to them.
Buenos Aires took to the stage. Opening with 'putting hope' the audience automatically started nodding their heads to the beat. As they continued through their set each song got a bigger reaction to it. Recordbreaker, which is their first single, went down a hit despite lead singer Jake joking that they wouldn't do it justice live! Finishing with 'Goliath's Head' the crowd cheered and clapped the loudest they had all night. With these guys playing at Summer Sundae, Reading and Leeds this year, there's no doubt that they will be as big a hit there as they were at this event.
Tera Melos were the final band on at this event. By this point, more people had turned up and everyone seemed excited to see the headline band. It would seem Tera Melos have made quiet a name for themselves, releasing an album which has obviously drawn people in. Playing songs from that album such as 'The Skin Surf' and 'In Citrus Heights,' they went down a storm. Everyone was nodding their heads and punching their arms into the air during most of their set. These guys have stage presence like no other. Throwing themselves around the stage whilst playing guitar must not be easy but they do it. And what a show it makes.
All in all this one day event was incredible. The bands all had a similar sound but they all stood out individually for different things. Despite their not being a huge number of people there due to the Dot to Dot festival taking place, the atmosphere was electric and everyone gave each band the best reception. This small intimate venue was the perfect place to hold such an event.
- Review by Grace