I haven't seen Space Bong before (Liz has and wasn't overly impressed) but am a fan of their music, so was keen to see some of their set. Family commitments made it tough though since they were due onstage at 8:30. However they either started later than anticpated, or played longer, as they were still playing when we arrived and we got to see two reasonably lengthy songs (all their songs are somewhat lengthy). Liz commented she didn't even recognise the band. I thought they were quite good, though not amazing either. Either way, I was happy to see them finally, and look forward to seeing a full set of theirs at a later date.
Neurosis came on just after 9:30, and played a long set, almost 2 hours when they walked off stage. I'm not a big enough fan of Neurosis to comment on the setlist choice, but they played most of the tracks that I like the most. As expected, it wasn't a high energy gig, but it was high on atmosphere and intesity. All members of the band seemed really into the show, despite their being what I considered to be a disappointing crowd (the venue was lucky to be a third full I reckon). Personally I think they venue choice wasn't a great one - HQ is a great place to see bands, but far too big for Neurosis. Still, it didn't affect the atmosphere much - those that were there seemed quite into the show.
Sonically, the sound was great (another good point of the chosen venue) though during some of the "soundscapes" it seemed like the volume was cranked to permanent hearing loss levels. My ears are still ringing. If you're planning on going - consider earplugs!
Overall it was an enjoyable gig. I wouldn't say I've been converted to a huge Neurosis fan, but I can now appreciate the power behind their live sets. I thought the ticket prices were a little high ($70 at the door) so not sure it was great value, but fans would get better mileage I expect.
A Sun That Never Sets
At the Well
Distill (Watching the Swarm)
Water Is Not Enough
My Heart for Deliverance
Bleeding the Pigs
Stones from the Sky
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