Venue: The Luminaire Date: 05/11/09 I always think of Upset The Rhythm as an affordable ATP, not that ATP necessarily overcharge, but UTR offer a similarly diverse range of music for usually half the price and in venues half the size. Obviously, I'd never expect to see Devo in Dingwalls for £8.50 but you get my point. So it was with great anticipation that I hopped along to The Luminaire for UTR presents Grouper, with support coming from experimental new-wave outfit, Thank You. Thank You started the show with a striking and immediate stage presence that oozed an inherent timelessness, I spent their whole set trying to figure out who the (sometimes) vocalist reminds me of, but that got me nowhere. Their blistering assault of noise which was an amalgamation of nearly every left-field, influential genre of the past 50 years thrilled me; elements of krautrock, hints of noise, and of course a healthy dose of psychedelia. These ingredients were moulded together seamlessly by a captivating energy that I found refreshing, noisy, fun and just about any other art-rock cliche you can think of. In almost complete-contrast, Grouper sat down on a chair, surrounded by cassette tapes and microphones and made absolutely no small-talk or even eye-contact with the crowd. But you can forgive her, and it's hardly a surprise - her music gives the strongest possible impression of a shy, introverted artist. Using a series of tapes and heavily delayed/looped vocals, Liz Harris created a thematic set with each song bleeding into the next; no clapping, no breaks. The audio-visual marriage at this gig deserves a surprisingly substancal chunk of the credit for its success - the lighting was atmospheric and understated and provided a dark, sinister mood-setting for the dream-drenched music. My only complaint is that I wish the venu was slightly less than sold out, and in turn all 15 of us could have sat around her with folded legs on the floor. But you can't have everything, and she deserves to be seeing turn outs of this size, even if she does appear visibly uneasy with her success.