Endless Boogaloo: Impressions from the Bad Music Boogaloo Festival # 4

Endless Boogie; photo: Danko Strahinić

During the weekend, more precisely on Saturday, June 18, the fourth in a row took place Bad Music Boogaloo. Five performances in almost six hours of gigs. Other and different organizers would probably drag it out for two days. Still, by the wise decision of the concert agency Bad Music For Bad Peoplein this marathon edition, the gigs of genre-diverse performers merged into a single whole.

The festival was opened by a local band Bag of Dicks. They haven’t been on stage for a long time, so this was a great opportunity to remember their pancoid garage sound. Distorted bass, angry vocals and heavy drum rhythms shook the crowd fiercely, adequately preparing them for the rest of the evening.

Bag of Dicks Bad Music Boogaloo
Bag of Dicks

After a short pause, she took the stage Elli De Mon. While this tiny Italian, with a guitar in her hand and a right leg surrounded by bells, sang on stage, there was a fear that her performance would seem lukewarm compared to the previous one. From the first bar, she convinced us otherwise. Ellie alone is worth as much as the whole band. He gives his legs a rhythm on the bass drum and drums, while he pulls the garage blues out of the guitar with a metal slide.

With his vocal interpretation, he is somewhat reminiscent of Alison Mosshart – from muffled and whispering singing to aggressively firing verses into the microphone. The Italian temperament plays an important role in all this. During the performance, Ellie presented her own songs. She left for the end Grinnin’ In Your Facewhose creator is the legendary Son House.

Elli De Mon Bad Music Boogaloo
Elli Di Mon

If Elli De Mon’s songs took the audience to the muddy shores of the Mississippi, LHD they transferred us straight to the open sea. The band consists of Lada, Hrvoje and Dinko, from the former Bambi Molesters. Despite being old acquaintances of the Belgrade audience, this is the first time they have performed gathered around a new group. From there, Lada, at one point, joked that this was their first performance in Belgrade.

They promoted their debut, recently released album Off The Grid, and the repertoire consisted mainly of songs that are on it. The name of the beloved band has been changed, the number of members has been reduced, the sound range has been expanded, but not a shred of quality has been lost. They took us to the LHD to surf the sidelands, drove us along the coastal roads and finally led us to, despite the instrumental nature of their music, shout “La Bruta” at the agreed sign, to the beat of the song of the same name.

LHD Bad Music Boogaloo

James Leg has been a favorite of the local audience for almost a decade. So, while he and the drummer, Andrew Jody, were getting ready for the gig, the audience crowded in front of the stage. Everyone wants to be in the front row when Leg performs his dark ritual over the electric piano. Despite minor technical problems, the duo thundered Have To Get It On. Lego’s fans expertly followed and sang every verse. From Drinkin’ Too Much to an unusual combination of tracks house of fire i Can’t Stop Thinkin’ About It. At one point, James said this was their last appearance on the tour. Fatigue, on the other hand, was never felt. Relentlessly and frantically until the end of the concert, with Fire and Brimstone.

James Leg Bad Music Boogaloo
James Leg

The premiere performance of the band remained for the end Endless Boogie. Legends about their gigs reached Serbia a long time ago. However, recordings from the album and videos circulating on the Internet can’t even come close to capturing the intensity of the quartet’s performance. It should not be forgotten that in the period between 1997 and 2008, they played only live, without publishing any official studio release. Hence the right way to experience their music exclusively at concerts. They started with an over twenty minute long version of the song Vibe Killer. I responsibly claim that if they played only one song for almost two hours, instead of four, or five as they performed, the audience would be no less enthusiastic.

Drummer Harry and bassist Mike keep the hypnotic rhythm of the endless boogie flawlessly. Guitarist Jesper Eklow combines slide and wah-pedal in a special way, creating a psychedelic atmosphere. Paul Major, on the other hand, resembles Captain Beefheart in his voice, and his image evokes long-lost rock decades. And not only by image, but also by soloing on Gibson’s strings.

Endless Boogie Bad Music Boogaloo
Endless Boogie

As he solos, Paul, like many guitarists, moves his mouth. But, unlike them, he seems to talk, chant like a shaman, or utter some kind of charms. Whatever the magic, it succeeded completely. After the first few minutes, everyone started swaying to the beat, and continued in a trance-like state until the end of the evening. The absolute highlight was the song Smoking Figs In The Yard.

A few minutes before midnight, the gig was over. After the nonchalant communication between the members of Bugi and the audience during the breaks between the songs, but also after the performance, it seems that they liked the Belgrade audience.

After a couple of years, Bad Music Boogaloo is back. In great style, as the worn-out phrase would say. So much more could be written about each of the performances. The impressions are endless and we have to collect them while we are waiting for the new edition of this festival.


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