The Gig: Mark Lanegan
Where: The Esplanade, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
When: 9 July 2010
In One Word: Bullshit-free
First of all, may i extend a tremendous amount of grattitude towards the hairy necked, balding cunt that choose to stand right in front of my at the early stages of the show. With nowhere to move I was forced to either look at your ugly hairy neck, your fucked up girlfriend or just close my eyes and enjoy the music (I did the latter, obviously).
I’ll be honest here in the fact I know none of Mark Lanegan’s back catalogue and on my brief foray into Nirvana some time ago I went straight to their older punk roots rather than contemporaries like The Screaming Trees; I am most certainly aware of his other associations (QOTSA, Gutter Twins and Isobel Campbell) but I’ve never endeavoured to hear a single note from him…..my girl is a fan and that’s why I’m here.
My first impression was Tom Waits….yes, I said it and you get what I mean….this reviewer is unapologetic for such a cheap comparison. The difference between Waits and Lanegan is the lack of bullshit which is what always ruins Tom Waits’ albums for me…. ya know, with Waits there’s misery and theatrics but Lanegan is misery and fuck all else, he’s not
engaging or even interesting to watch but simply fantastic to listen to.
My attention wanders throughout by the fact there’s so many arseholes in the audience talking over the main attraction and countless people pushing past me backwards and forwards, the atmosphere in the place is pretty much dreadful…what idiots spends good money on tickets to talk throughout?
Lanegan and guitarist walk off stage and come back on a minute or so later as if they have to do it, I’m certain ML doesn’t enjoy the bullshit and processes around the shows and I don’t blame him. The last few songs are obviously more well known by the rapturous applause that accompanies the opening notes, he says thank you and leaves.
A blunt summary for a blunt artist? I am now a fan, all of my miserable moments will now be accompanied by your music Mr Lanegan. Thank you.
© Danny Crombie, Music Vice