the Year of Patton
- by Catgirl -
Mike Patton is like many
other things in life something you either hate or love.
This summer Roskilde Festival has sure proven bookingwise
that they loooove Mike Patton. With four scheduled appearences
with four different projects (and one guest appearance)
the man was everywhere, and I say thankee. Now let's
take a closer look at the adventures and spectacles
this musical mastermind delivered.
MALDOROR VS. PATTON (JPN/US)
- Friday, July 1 - Odeon
Along with Japanese noise
guru Masami Akita, Mike Patton entered Odeon at 0200
on Friday night. A quite considerable crowd had gathered,
but as with SUNNO))) earlier that day, many left before
the end of the concert. The question hanging under the
tent ceiling was "Is this really music?".
The concert - or rather performance - consisted for
the mostpart of a battle between two masters of noise
with Patton at times vocalizing eerie shrieks between
the massive attack of his favorite toys. Masami Akita
appeared more anonymous behind his Mac only occasionally
casting glances over to his left to see what Patton
Music? Art? Noise? Or just
a big joke? Personally, I would say it was something
that flew above my own preferred range of listening
experiences. Like an installation of sound. Put these
guys behind a screen, paint it red and any art critic
would nod in approval, raise their hands to the sky
and cry "Trés magnifique!!! But what does
name Maldoror comes from a nineteenth century poem of
the same name, written by Lautréamont. It is
an early French surrealist masterpiece, full of brutality
and beauty - just like the music on this record. Scare
the neighbors!!!" - Ipecac.com -
FANTÔMAS (US) -
Saturday, July 2 - Arena
Fantômas has been one
of Patton's projects since 1999 and this has resulted
in the releases of four albums so far. The group consists
of Buzz Osborne on guitar (Melvins), Trevor Dunn on
bass (Mr. Bungle, Trevor Dunns Trio Convulsant)
and Dave Lombardo on drums (Slayer) and of course Mike
Patton as the mighty conductor behind his synth, cowbell
and children's toys.
Fantômas is both dark
and playful at the same time. It's the mad hatter, the
wizard of Oz and Bongo the clown - all in one and then
some. During the concert I took the time to turn around
and look at the audience for a while. Like little children
they stand there with a terrified fascination in their
eyes and a mad grin on their lips. Meanwhile the conductor
of this well organized, intelligently composed master-piece
is waving his arms over his head with a gleeful almost
mischievious laugh.."Mom...look what I can make
Patton is not alone in making this a fantastic experience.
The composition of this is so goddamn tight even the
drummer plays by notes! In a cagelike construction Dave
Lombardo is surrounded by his battery and plays both
by his notes and on cues from his fellow musicians as
they interpret the music from movie classics like "Rosemary's
Baby". Fantômas live is both a fantastic
and extremely fun experience that brings out the curious
child in me. I was teased, spooked and thrilled - I
simply loved every minute of it.
- Saturday, July 2 - Odeon
Teaming up with Razhel (Roots)
- the famous human beatbox - Patton moves on to the
world of hiphop and beatboxing.
This is mostly Razhel's show and it's easy to be amazed
by his vocal skills. Patton is the icing on the cake.
Razhel's own hit "If only your mama knew"
is a quite beautiful song, and while Razhel does four
layers of the song with just his one voice, Patton sounds
like a dj scratching.
In addition to doing Razhel's
own music they did "We will rock you" and
a very funny cover of "American Idiot" by
Green Day who was playing later that evening. In the
end you could hardly recognize the lyrics as Patton
sounded like a 5-year old throwing a tantrum. Ha ha.
RAZHEL & DJ JS-1 feat.
MIKE PATTON (US) - Sunday, July 3 - Pavilion
Angel and myself packed our
stuff together and went to Copenhagen on Sunday to check
in at the hotel, take a shower and then head back to
the last night of concerts. I missed The Faint, 13 &
God and Trail of Dead...but I got just in time for the
Razhel concert. Being very excited by last night's show
I decided to go take another look.
I entered the concert somewhere
towards the end while Razhel was educating the masses
about the history of beatboxing. Quite entertaing. He
described different styles from different masters of
the MIC and showed us a few tricks.
After a while I wanted to
go get something to drink and was out of the tent and
on my way over the lawn when Razhel starts doing "If
only your mama knew"..and then announces.."I
would like to introduce - my main man - Mister Miiiiiiiiike
Patton!". Guess who turned on the heel and ran
back excited as hell. Yours truly. And it was a treat...Of
course I didn't mind hearing the same song again, but
after that came a wonderful version of "Papa was
a rolling stone". That was sweeeet!
KAADA/PATTON (US/N) -
Sunday, July 3 - Pavilion
With no real knowlegde of
the concept, I went to the last Patton concert at Roskilde.
John Erik Kaada is known from Cloroform, his solo project
and his collaberation album with Patton. The latter
was well received in Norwegian press and with major
focus on the fact that Mike Patton had signed a Norwegian
to his highly recognized record label Ipecac. Doesn't
happen that often.
Back to the concert; Kaada
and Patton are not alone.
Mike Patton - vox / sampler / perc +
John Erik Kaada - keyboards, sampler, vox +
Erland Dahlen - melodic percussion, gongs, classical
percussion, vox +
Børge Fjordheim - drumset, vox +
Øyvind Storesund - doublebass, whistling, vox
Hallvard Wennersberg Hage - electronics +
Geir Sundstøl - guitars, steel, vox +
The experience is very different
from Fantômas, but at the same time you can clearly
hear the Pattonesque universe all over it. Less noise,
more melody and hauntingly beautiful vocals is the essence
here that differs from Fantômas. This is Mike
Patton enchanting us with a majestic opera inspired
vocal and with additional vocals and harmonies by Kaada
and the band. This concert was absolutely one of the
best concerts at Roskilde 2005 and THE best Patton experience!
The album is called "Romances",
but the songs are more heartbreaking than romantic and
if you haven't heard this album - go right out and do
it! Now! This may become one of your favorite CDs.
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