Frantic & Idle
Minerva Works Birmingham
2nd September 2017
Black Mekon’s new album One In The Hate was released last week and Fighting Boredom were impressed to say the least, so we headed to the worlds smallest bar for the album launch and another dose of Fuzz, distortion and Monster Rock’n’Roll.
We park up by an industrial office complex in Digbeth, wander around and find the canal at the end of the road, try a few doors and eventually decide we are in the right place. The gig is in a floor full of rehearsal rooms, the walls are carpeted and the place is tiny, there’s a tiny bar and people standing where they can chatting and laughing. At one point the queue at the bar has to wait while the barman combs his quiff through. The space the bands equipment is set up in is no bigger than the average front room, it has a giant King sign that looks like it was appropriated from a well known burger chain and a ‘Black Mekon Hates You’ back lit wall hanging. In the corner a Black Mekon arcade game runs silently over and over. There is no stage, and very little space.
Terror Watts play, the sound is mental in the small space, they play earmashingly loud, with an in your face garage indie vibe. The guitars are thrashing and the raw rough and ready groove they hit on is great. The vocal is almost whiny and matches the sound. The tiny room is full, you can’t see anything because the band is right in front of you, the guitarist is trapped between the audience and the drums and is trying to move, the restraint is good, makes the music explode harder. They slow down and the feeling is verging towards grunge and the massed guitars of bands like Teenage Fanclub. They finish the set with a cover of Fight For Your Right To Party and as there is now way you can do a bad cover of that particular ode to stupidity, it’s brilliant.
We go down two flights of stairs and stand outside. A dude in a white suit, perfect hair and a superhero mask walks past, must be nearly time for Black Mekon.