After day one of ArcTanGent and an awesome line up, I woke up to a slow but steady influx of new campers, those that either couldn’t get the Thursday off, or weren’t prepared to stump up the extra tenner for an awesome Thursday line-up. Their loss really. Still, they were up for a pretty damned stunning 2 day line-up for the Friday and Saturday, so they made a fine choice coming along!
Here’s my Friday for you; First up were…
Tacoma Narrows Bridge Disaster – Arc Stage
A suitably riffy start to the day, distinctly suitable for starting the day off and was also one of the first outings for their new album.
Quadrupède – Yokhai Stage
Wonderful math rock from this duo, uplifting, soring sounds played with grace and ease. Beautifully and listenably complex.
Trojan Horse – Arc Stage
Back to the Arc for a band that I have seen many times before, I love Trojan Horse’s ridiculously varied palate from proggy hammond to flat out hard and nasty. An incredible mix of style and substance that translated really well to the big stage.
The Fierce And The Dead – Yokhai Stage
Complex, compelling and intelligent interplay of guitars and bass from Matt Stevens & Steve Cleaton with a driven baground of bass and drums from Kev Feazy and Stuart Marshall. An excellent performance as per usual from these guys, a tight yet relaxed performance of some amazing tunes.
Pocket Apocalypse – PX3 Stage
My first outing to the smaller stage on the Friday for an earnest and incredibly intense performance of their particular brand of math tinged post rock.
Body Hound – Arc Stage
A bit gutted that I missed the vast majority of these guys, the last 5 minutes that I saw was really daftly energetic top notch stuff. Hence only the one photo… I really need to catch these guys live properly at some point!
Valerian Swing – Bixler Stage
I bought the last album by this band befor I knew they were playing and they are excellent. Energetic twiddly mat rock with a good back end crunch. Well worth a watch!
Ohhms – Arc Stage
The heaviest act that I’d seen by far at this point at the weekend. Barking mad. They put on a fantastic show!
PSOTY – Bixler Stage
Another packed tent at Bixler for this band.
That Fucking Tank – Arc Stage
Saw these guys before and they usually put on an amazing show, it seemed to be missing a little of their usual dynamism this time around for me though. Still they create some amazing sounds for a 2 piece.
OBE – PX3 Stage
Rifftastic mathy goodness from that London, including Knopfler style headbands and an amazing guitar contortionist. Brilliant.
Delta Sleep – Bixler
A well attended expert performance from Delta Sleep, showcasing some new material along with a good mix of old favourites that the crowd reacted to very well indeed.
Sonance – PX3 Stage
Angry, abraisive and heavy as mountains. Almost precisely who I would expect tectonic plates grinding against one another to sound, but maybe louder.
Helms Alee – Bixler Stage
Quite simply one of my stand out performances of the weekend, excellent riffy, heavy rock. played with finesse. Stunning.
The Fall Of Troy – Arc Stage
I have to confess that I’d not heard of this band before they announced for ATG, but it certainly seemed that the vast majority of the crowd weren’t in the same boat, there were an awful lot of people who were very up for this, and they did not disappoint, covering every inch of the stage, many times over and bringing new levels of energy and mayhem to the evening.
Blanck Mass – Bixler Stage
The distinct curve ball of the evening. very electronic and exceptionally different to almost every other act here, Blanck Mass started off with a drone, turned up to full volume, just to play with our minds, slowly evolving into something with a distinct pulse, driving the audience into a different headspace.
The Dillinger Escape Plan – Arc Stage
The headliner of the evening. Distinctly the storm after the calm, in the darkness after the day had passed. Unfortunatley I missed Greg’s leap from the Arc Stage scaffolding, but what I did see was a perfectly timed chaos. Intense and relentless, a fantastic show.
Emma Ruth Rundle – PX3 Stage
And the perfect way to finish off the evening before heading to the fire and then to an exhausted and happy bed.
Emma Ruth Rundle was the complete antithesis to TDEP, calm, measured, beautiful with a dark and twisted edge. Almost fragile and incredibly compelling.