Before I get into The Lava Experiments, I'd like to say 'Hello' and 'Goodbye' to DeTrop, the support act. They're really rather good. Or were. At the end of their set they announced it was to be their last gig. Sad but I hope there's some other project round the corner. If you want to know what they sound like, think The Flowers Of Hell meets God Is An Astronaut. Post-rock for the connoisseurs. Mesmerising stage performance - the way the 3 of them play their guitars is an unforgettable experience - and some cracking tunes to boot! You can find more at http://www.myspace.com/detrop
If you didn't realise that The Lava Experiments were playing Nice 'n' Sleazy on Friday night in Glasgow, you'd be forgiven. Whoever was promoting the event listed them as just 'Lava Experiment'. Not the whole explosive, volcanic, chemistry-lab stuff that The Lava Experiments' music is, but just one solitary Experiment. Ironic then really that, with a live drummer, their sound was probably bigger, more explosive and certainly safety-goggle-inducing than ever before. The Lava Experiments are now a threesome. Fraser leads Allan on drums and Rory on bass. Lava with drummer and Lava without are two very different bands. The sound is of course fuller, bolder, brasher - that's what drums are all about - but Allan's playing brought a cohesion and focus to the music that was hiding before.
Since this was an EP launch, the tracks from the EP were played! Yay! But what a difference live than on the CD. The songs pick you up by the ankles and whip you on to your back, winding you as you hit the floor. Piecing Memories Together really comes alive, instantly showing itself to be the massive track it is (a bit like sticking your head in front of the safety screen in a controlled-explosion), something that isn't altogether obvious at first listen to the EP. River Shape flowed as the molten track it is. Stand out track and (My god!) hairs-standing-on-the-back-of-your-neck moment? Sun Flies. What a corker!
Well worth the £6 to get in, and well worth the £4 I spent on the EP afterwards.