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Melt Banana Live Review

Posted by mothereel

Well it's been a while since the last post...  Nobody tells me anything anymore!

I had the pleasure of seeing Melt Banana a few days ago.  Not many bands come here, let alone International ones, particularly with blast beats.

First band, the only support, was Zeus. They come from Italy and had been touring with the headliner. This was to be their last gig for the year, I presume they have to return to drink wine and coffee. That is to say that after they played and when I talked to them, they didn’t have a reason for ending the tour. Zeus were good! A two piece, drums and bass, although the soundguy should also be included because he does a fair amount of work for them… so three piece. A three piece feed of oftentimes thick riffs, strong grooves and the occasional scream. The vocals were minimal and simple, it works quite well, adding some cream to the peak of the song cake.  Naturally they were tight, they have to be to make it all work.  There are delayed loops and samples that synch up with the band.
The main band set up, bringing more amps to the front of the stage. The light technician was trying to tell me how loud they will be. I’d seen them before and I’ve heard louder bands. I couldn’t quite communicate this with him though, my German is not yet good enough. Believe me, I tried. Melt Banana are from Japan and confused me when they had no drummer. According to the knowledge of the Internet, they haven’t had one in 3 years. Occasionally they get a guy in to record but perform shows without one. That’s always disappointing for me, nothing matches the energy of a drummer onstage, particularly when he is dying from exhaustion. So for me, they played well, but it wasn’t a great gig. They also weren’t so loud, but an appropriate volume for the space.  They played a diverse selection from their quite long career.  Both trying to show some energy but seeming a little exhausted too.  Their use of electronic drums and samples as well as some pretty impressive guitar effects had a few in total wonderment.

Zeus can be listened and contacted through here
Melt Banana here