Weedeater + ASG + Trippy Wicked and The Cosmic Children Of The Night
@ The Dome, London
22nd July 2019
Review by Ambra Chilenwa
Photography by Ryan Whitwell (Shotison Media)
On the 22nd of July 2019, an opportunity was granted by Old Empire and Desertscene to join the legendary stoner doom band Weedeater in their Summer European Tour, with special guests ASG and Trippy Wicked & The Cosmic Children Of The Night. The Dome is located at Tufnell Park and has gained a name as one of the most distinct and lively venues in London.
The first act were a London piece who go by the name of Trippy Wicked & The Cosmic Children Of The Night, which consisted of Pete on guitar and vocals, Chris on drums and Dicky on bass guitar. The band began their set with heavy riffs and robust rhythms. Their set involved a ground-shaking and adroit bundle of stoner-styled music, songs blended in with each other and everything was performed smoothly no issues.
The atmosphere was rhythmic and vibrating; the bassist, Dicky, composed a deep, ear-tearing bass set with a grinding doom texture from the guitarist, and this was later completed by the impressive and memorable drumming of Chris. Vocals and entertaining lyrics were expressed wittily by vocalist Pete. The music performed by the band overcame the very little stage presence the musicians had; the crowd was somewhat small but I would definitely encourage readers to support and listen to this band further.
Later on, it was ASG’s turn to launch their set: they are a familiarised 4-piece group in the stoner metal/rock community. Although the band constructed compact and propulsive riffs, they were also quite forgettable and didn’t offer much in my opinion; it was somewhat a partial psychedelic experience to be drowned in melodic guitar riffs and it is understandable that they are a very noted band in stoner standouts, so it would be disrespectful to label their set as “boring” as they are musicians with very skilled songwriting abilities.
However, I was not moved by any meaningfulness or ecstatic feelings even though the crowd was somewhat more responsive than the previous set – an anticipation was made that the style of the set would not change and my anticipation was true.
From start to finish, the set clinged to a forgettable and unexciting vibe.
Finally, after waiting half an hour, the night was concluded by the great Weedeater who opened their set with “God Luck and God Speed”: a crucial track in the sludge scene performed in the most classic and powerful style.
The stage presence was very lively, filled with laughter and spirits being gulped by the vocalist; the riffs were very tense and the ground was vibrating; the crowd was mesmerised and the performance was breathtaking; the mosh pit was filled with dazed warriors and the noise was unbelievable. Nothing characterised a stoner doom set like this one – visualised amplifiers being driven past their capability, bringing listeners nothing but contentment.
Tracks performed were better played than recorded, the songs streamed into one another throughout the night with no technical issues and everyone was drowned in satisfaction. The wild vocal style by Dave Collins danced together with grooviness of the sound.
A stand-up comedy show was produced by Dave Collins who put laughter in the entire venue, he interacted with the crowd so much to indicate that he came to have a good time followed by alcohol and some Mary Jane. To conclude, continue to follow up this work from the weed eaters themselves.