The Better Automatic, Faraquat, Shale
18 October 1998posted: 23 January, 2012 23:18
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This has the distinction of being the first show I ever organised, though to be completely honest my flatmate at the time, Dan, actually organised and executed this. But we were setting up the show 'together' - I think I worked the door - and it showed me how easy it actually is to make things happen. I felt like things had changed after this; for the next 2 years I was pretty actively involved in setting up shows while at the same time playing music myself in 1-2 bands and somehow getting through Uni intact.
I think all of these bands are somewhat forgotten now. Shale were an aggressive post-hardcore band, locals who I saw quite a few times and always enjoyed even though that 'wasn't my thing'. Faraquet were on their first tour here but later developed a bit of a following with a slightly proggy/post-rock take on the DC sound. Also from DC were the Better Automatic, who did a sharp mod-pop that reminded me a bit of Chisel but yet completely different. I still have their 7" which I play every few years.
This was poorly attended, a rainy Sunday night if I remember correctly. Dan designed this poster.