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“Sedatives & Hypnotics”, Dead Meadow @Galeria Zé Dos Bois, Lisbon (POR) – 11/10 Live Report

October 22, 2013

“Sedatives & Hypnotics”, Dead Meadow @Galeria Zé Dos Bois, Lisbon (POR) – 11/10 Live Report

Bands that have the word ‘Dead’ on their name
are always quite apealling to me. One combination that works pretty well for me
is Dead Meadow. It evokes something that was menacing a long time ago but now,
it’s all dead fields and wasteland. Not in a post nuclear apocalypse way but
more an after war regeneration of still life nature.
With that in mind, I went to see DC’s trio
Dead Meadow. I was quite keen on checking them out live. For me, Dead Meadow
stand apart from the stoner cesspool of sub-Kyuss imitators. They are slow,
heavy and deeply psychedelic. Not in an exaggerated way but more in a sedated
way.
The backdrop for the show was like a full moon
of a Fillmore era lightshow. As I arrived at the venue, the first notes were
being played so it was like I was entering a state of hypnosis that got
stronger as I reached the actual hall were the shows happen at the seminal
Galeria Zé Dos Bois in Lisbon.
Starting out with a long instrumental song,
you got sucked into a colourful hole of sound that breezes like soft wind on a
sunny Autumn afternoon. Mark Laughlin’s drums and Steve Kille’s bass set the
pace for that stroll and Jason Simon’s guitar is the gentle wind the combs your
hair. As they segue forth with a sung song, the voice emerges, drowsy as the music
and deeper you fall into slumber. From that moment onwards, it’s a lesson in
hypnosis and everybody is a Grade-A student.
Dead Meadow are slow and sludgy but not in a
Sabbath way. Imagine all the bands you know from the 60’s and 70’s are heavily
sedated and you start getting the picture. So heavily sedated that even on
songs like ‘Sleepy Silver Door’, Dead Meadow sounded like a drowsier version of
themselves. Midway through the set there was a more uptempo song that gave a
boost of energy to the show and, in my opinion, the Meadow could use a bit more
of that to jolt the audience’s focus back to their longer jams.
Luckily, we were graced with the return of
original drummer Mark Laughlin. It was like witnessing a high school drop-out
reunion and a teenage feel lingers as if we were watching grown up men that
never really grew up and still do what they started doing in 1998 with the same
gusto, focus and motivation. Such was the teenager feel that it was skates ahoy
time for Sleepy Sliver Door.When Dead Meadow played the introductorian song for
their first record, a surprising number of skaters lifted their boards up in
respect.
In the end, Granchester it was not but it felt
like a California Sun soaked walk in the meadows and the sedation and hypnosis
lingered on and on with a nice buzz and no nightmarish flashbacks.
Report made by Carlos Ferreira/2013
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