OpinionAcoustic gigs cna have full blown distorted shrieking guitars, and still remain 'acoustic'
      – Thelevellers, 2009-05-14 at 23:49:55   (5 comments)

On 2009-05-14 at 23:55:40, Thelevellers wrote...
I just got back from seeing the excellent Graham Coxon do an acoustic gig on the Thekla (it's a boat! And they have gigs! What better venue could you wish for?!). It was superb, the best gig I've been to since The Raconteurs at the Eden project last summer, and there have been some corkers in between... However, as he picked up his Tele, ramped up the distortion and indulged in numerous Graham-staple-solos, I was reminded of seeing Ocean Colour Scene acoustic, and them mentioning that people had complained at them for not being acoustic enough! (They had electric bass and one or too guitar solos with effects on). I think it's missing the point - an acoustic gig is all about mood. Chilled out, usually (always best) intimate. This both gigs did brilliantly (ok, OCS wasn't THAT intimate, I could virtually lick Coxon ;-P ), even with Coxon using the electric extensively, it was all material from his latest album, which is mostly slow paced, chilled out, and the distortion is just for effect...
On 2009-05-14 at 23:56:35, Thelevellers wrote...
Ahem. Rant almost over ;-) I guess an unplugged gig could be different, but who really cared when Nirvana blatantly used effects for 'The Man Who Sold The World'?
On 2009-05-15 at 22:35:11, Lee J Haywood wrote...
Doesn't this go against the very definition of acoustic?
On 2009-05-16 at 03:39:30, BorgClown wrote...
Nice voting.
On 2009-05-16 at 10:04:09, Thelevellers wrote...
@Lee J Haywood: Yes. But with a resounding no! Like I say, you can still keep the all important acoustic vibe, you just have the benefit of maximising the, er, soundscape... @Borg: I agree, excellent voting... Lol, an avergae of 'I dunno?' I guess! :P