Creature Lab Recordings Present
Imperial Wax, Gunther Prague, Storm The Palace
The Tin – Music and Arts – Coventry
2nd March 2019
Imperial Wax are a four-piece comprising frontman Sam Curran and Keiron Melling, Dave Spurr and Pete Greenway – three 11 year veterans in the longest serving and last line up of The Fall. This is their first Midlands show. Add to that Gunther Prague who have just recorded their latest album in Chicago with Steve Albini and say that you should ‘think of Shellac vs Cardiacs or Minutemen playing metal’ and Storm the Palace who describe themselves as ‘Radge folk pop from Edinburgh’ makes for an evening that Fighting Boredom were not going to miss.
The snapper’s suffering from some sort of bug and sipping Kraken rum, I’m worried about my knee collapsing but we’re still here. The place is quite empty when we arrive in time for the first band. Storm The Palace have drums, a flying V guitar, bass, hand accordion and electric violin. There are three men on drums, accordion and violin and two women on guitar and bass, the tiny stage in front of us is full. As they warm up they sound like a group of free jazz cats.
They start with the accordion and violin, high and piercing, they are joined by the guitars and bass and then just drops to accordion and a soft, sweet female vocal. Both the guitarist and bassist are harmonising and the music turns to way out there Prog. The vocals and music get harder, there are blasts of noise alongside the drums. It feels like old folk music, but it’s interspersed with a loud and insane feeling Prog vibe. The whole band are singing and then the crushing noise.
Storm The Palace
All pictures by Martin Ward, all words by Adrian Bloxham.