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Obviously having better things to do I thought I'd share my thoughts on this gig with whoever's interested in reading
OKGO @ ULU
So the last Friday I went to see OKGO at ULU and as this section of the website is a bit bare I thoguht I'd share my thoughts in a kind of review stylee.
While ULU is not the most appealing building in London (it reminds me of my sisters' school in its 1950s functionality) the room was a good size for the gig. However I was shocked at the price of coca-cola at the bar - 1.50! And they didn't have any prices up... grr.... I only had to get it from the bar because the vending machine had some aversion to 20p pieces and also wouldn't return the money I'd already put in.
So anyway, the gig. There were two support bands; the show opened with a band whos name I forget and then another group called Mew were on.
Next on were Mew. I didn't know what to expect beyond the ordinary but I did know that they'd supported OKGO many times before and often would have a larger audience. Older than I expected, their music was more sophisticated and quite meloncholy.
By this time they were overrunning (as ever!) so I got quite bored during the break between them and OKGO. This wasn't helped by the stage crew needing to dismantle the projection gauze in addition to the usual re-assembling of stage thinggies.
Eventually they come on-stage and get going - and I wasn't disappointed. Having only heard a couple of singles I was surprised by the variety of styles - there were quite a few of the punky ones I expected but some slower, more indie tracks as well and an odd, electronicky experimental track which grew on me as they played it. They also did a weird, choreographed robot-like movement thing while performing this.
And then came the encore. What they did I was not expecting.
My overall thought - well worth the money and time. Good evening, despite the expensive drinks (I would have hoped for better from a student union).
Then came the weirdest, but most important part of the evening. Judith and some fellow internet people have a thing about milk and spam (she will be able to explain this much better than I could). So one of Judith's American friends, during the American leg of OKGO's tour, had got backstage and taken photos of each of the band members holding a pint of milk to their general confusion.
So it was a confused band we left behind at ULU - but it was fun.
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