Review - Thou Gideon Actors Centre $4.
They are here to provoke you, to make you think, look at yourself &
most of all scare the shit out of you. Thou Gideon, spitting, writhing,
proud & anarchistic, Mark's stage presence was felt by all (even though
there was no stage.)
The Actors centre is an,original late night venue, just open for it's
debut tonight, with three bands; T'roll, Thou Gideon & Thrombus. For
this review I am concentrating on Thou Gideon, for it too is their debut
The Actors Centre was the old Perth Tech, two rooms are transformed into
a cosy venue fitting about 120 people. A lovely blue room houses the bands
while an intriguing nightmare mural is splashed across the other room,
this is where the alcohol is sold.
Mark introduces the band with a poem & the first song is performed,
Thou Gideon are not only here to play, but perform for our pleasure. Mark
Lillypie has a guitar but mostly goes without. Some fascinating sounds
are created by Tanja Vision wielding a drill, hammers, file, hubcaps,
and bottles against a 44 gallon drum. Gareth Edwards is the guitarist
and occasional voice, Emma Lasting bangs on the bass, while Val Kap bashes
on the drums.
"Train tracks, Fucken train tracks, Choo-Choo," "Rap me
up in a patchwork quilt," "Have you ever been caught masturbating?","Remember
your first time?" asks Mark as he holds a blowup sex doll aloft.
The P.A. doesn't do the band's sound justice, nor does Marks jumping around
with the mike stuck down his gob.
Saliva is swapped between Mark & the audience, who seem to be having
a little trouble understanding how to react to Thou Gideon's antics. Some
sit mouth agape & others act violently toward the band.
Mark's shirt is removed as he pours tomato sauce down his chest, the
audience removes themselves from his presence. Mark munches on a little
dog food (it is not Pall,) copulates with an unsuspecting table &
the gig is over.
Thou Gideon are one of the most original iconoclastic art bands in the
Underground Perth scene, in fact I could say they are the only band of
this kind in Perth. Perhaps the band is a bit wild for the conservative
Perth people, so if you don't want Perth to be the Pooh-hole it is, get
out there & support what we have before it's too late.
If you have never experienced Thou Gideon before then I highly recommend
you do so. I also recommend you be as close as possible to the stage for
the full effect.
Thou Gideon have a tape out called Symmetry of Virginity, $8 for 8 songs
you can't go wrong. They also plan to be releasing a cassingle featuring
a song "Grea & Her."