Radio Liban 96.2FM


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With the lights out, it’s less dangerous
Here we are now, entertain us
I feel stupid and contagious
Here we are now, entertain us

It’s always weird when you take a chance on a band you don’t know. It’s not about the money spent or the time wasted. It’s about not wanting to be disappointed. It’s like going to watch a play or a dance performance in Beirut. Let’s just say more than 50% of the time it’s so bad you feel humiliated for the person onstage and ask yourself if you’re just too critical or if they even know how terrible they are.
So anyway, I went to EM chill tonight and watched Pressure Pot Band (طنجرة ضغط).
Well actually it was only half the band. They’re Syrian. The keyboardist and drummer are still in Syria and the bassist and guitarist are in Beirut.
Khaled Omran and Tarek Khuluki offered us a pretty “versatile and eclectic set” mixing triphop hiphop metal reggae with Arabic lyrics, Now, I’m usually very harsh with these kinds of acts. But they pulled it off (minus maybe one or two over-indulgent moments that hinted towards a more proggy sound I’m not comfortable with).
They are much better live than on these 2 demos they posted on their Youtube Channel. They have a fantastic energy: not only are they talented musicians but they are also very playful and improvise a lot building songs from scratch, creating at least 2 great mini-tracks on the spot.
Of course, they had to spoil it at the end with a cheesy slow song so I ran away. But just before that they played this Nirvana/Michael Jackson MTV Mashup. And they nailed it.

I Am The One
Who Will Dance
On The Floor
In The Round

And since things have a tendency to go full circle with me these days, I got home and caught the end of Mister Lonely on TV.

I love it when that happens

Written by audiogrammes

November 24, 2011 at 02:10

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