Photos by Tim Ferguson

Mugstar seemed a little metal to me upon their arrival on stage. Their driven guitars and pounding beats thumped around the room in a way that was both invigorating and slightly uncomfortable. This soon gave way to the comfortably rhythmic Kraut-rock pulse that Mugstar have become mildly well known for. The repetitive nature of the music made this a somewhat un-exciting set, but there was the odd flourish that kept interests perked. Mugstar are not a band that are ever going to blitz their listeners into a frenzied submission, but they have a way of creeping slowly into your mind. Despite barely being able to remember any real highlights, or moments of wonder I could not say I was ever bored. The band however, were bored. Aside from the lead singer none of the musicians put any major effort into their performance. They also wandered off the stage while the final chords were still being played, which was a disappointing end to a good set.


Oneida, on the other hand, are clearly a band that love to perform. Throughout out their set they never stopped moving or smiling and gave off a real vibe that the band wanted to keep performing. The energy in this performance was the real highlight, Kid Millions put everything into his exhaustive drumming. An impressive drummer who played constantly like he was taking a solo, I could have watched him for hours and remained content. What was particularly wondrous was the skill with which he played despite the unmeasured and frantic movement.


In addition to this the musicianship of the rest of the band is astounding. Guitar solos were pulled off effortlessly, and the group barely made a mistake throughout the two odd hours they played. It is difficult to describe a highlight from the show as the lengthy nature and similarity of tracks means it all inevitably blends into one happy mush. This does not mean that there weren't moments that blew my mind, or that Oneida were ever really boring.


An ill-judged ambient, slower track briefly lost the attention of the audience midway through the set, but in reality the band were almost taking a well earned break. The energy with which they played, and the intense nature of their music necessitated it. Oneida show both experience and a genuinely love for music that is refreshing after all these years. A truly excellent set and one which will not be forgotten.

















Photos by Tim Ferguson