The doors to Nuclear's gig area were opened at ten p.m., after which I got to enjoy about 50 minutes of listening to the DJ's picks for the evening. While I'm at it, I must say that his playlist was well chosen for the drone-based evening, as it ranged from heavy drone doom to '80s doom metal and stoner doom. The songs kept me well entertained when waiting for the actual live music, the first part of which was delivered by a young group called Kaakau.
The band had three guitarists and a bass guitar player, nothing more. One of the guitars was in charge of some cleaner high notes, but the remaining strings were about creating a steadily pulsating wall of drone. The band took a bit of time to warm up, but after they had gotten to the right mood their 30 minutes long drone epoch roamed forward smoothly. Kaakau didn't rely on heaviness nor was it particularly bassy, but moreso focused on the surrounding atmosphere and its smaller details, such as the cleaner notes, occasional bass uproars, and the tastefully imbued bits of noise shrill and psychedelic delay. The band took no contact to it's audience, but the gig stayed interesting just by watching how the musicians created the drone, what was each person's part in the creation, and how they communicated with each other. It was nothing mindblowing, but a good, thought-out and skillful display of rather traditional drone. Very enjoyable.
After Kaakau I had to wait for an hour for more action to take place. At this point I noticed that a decent amount of people had showed up, even though the show took place on a late thursday evening and featured rather obscure music only. However, I'm sure that most of them hadn't arrived to see the 20 minutes of mostly improvisational theatre that took place next - not that it would've been bad, but I'm not quite convinced of its placing in an event like this. We're not a site about theatre, so let's move on to the evening's main group Sink, who started playing ten minutes after the theater performance had ended. The band has gained a good amount of reputation in Finland, and as I'm not too familiar with their records I decided to check them out live to see if all the buzz is for a reason.
It seems I have to acquire the group's records. Sink consist of two guitar- and one bass guitar player, a drummer, a vocalist, and a man in charge of analogue synths. All the people seemed to only mind their own business and focus on their own instruments, but still somehow came together in creating a deep, dark and ambient-like mass of sound. This droning ambient-mass got some movement through the string instruments, but was moreso given its detail by the sharper analogue synths, the loud drums and the vocalist's snarls, growls, hissing and other sounds that sounded moreso like an another instrument than any form of singing. His hostile and mania-driven performance was the thing that kept the listener visually pleased as well, and it gave the soundscape an additional deranged dimension from which to strike at the listener. The band run into some sound-related problems, but even so the group's performance left me very satisfied. Their part lasted for 40 minutes, but was so well executed and kept in such motion that it felt closer to five minutes, and I was left craving for more.