Jesu, Vienna Szene Wien, 22 May 2006

Went to see Jesu at the Szene last night. Jesu is mostly Justin Broadrick, formerly of Godflesh. They were a band that passed me by, so I’m playing catch-up.

The band also included Ted Parsons, formerly of Swans, on drums. (Did I see him drumming for Swans in the 80s or 90s? I have no idea.) The music was great. Huge thickets of noise from Broadrick’s scything guitar, Parsons’ funereal drums and Diarmuid Dalton’s rumbling bass. The band seemed vexed by the noise they were creating, as though they were looking for a way out of the place in which they were trapped. Scrabbling up a high wall and constantly falling down again. No light.

The support band was also Justin Broadrick, this time as Final. Final is a laptop drone thing. I saw him doing this as support to Jarboe last year in London. It went on for too long then and it went on for too long now.

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