16/05/18 - The Homesick, Iguana Death Cult + B.A. Johnston @ Old Blue Last / by Paul Boyling

A quick gig before heading out to The Great Escape festival in Brighton, I'll be spending Thursday and Friday trying to shoot as many bands as possible. Two of the bands - Iguana Death Cult and The Homesick (from The Netherlands) - will also be at Great Escape, but I thought to see them tonight just in case I don't get to see them over the festival, as they clash with a few other bands I wish to see. Furthermore, the only addition to the line-up tonight who isn't attending Great Escape is Canadian import, B.A. Johnston, but is still appearing at the Hope and Ruin in Brighton on 18th May (as part of the 'Alternative Escape' by non-affiliated venues of the festival), as well as couple of other gigs before heading back to Halifax by the week's end. 

  B.A. Johnston (playing up to the camera)

B.A. Johnston (playing up to the camera)

Nonetheless, B.A. Johnston was a fantastic opening act, especially when as soon as I walked into the door - having missed the opening song - he jumps off the stage towards me and tucks his head under my shirt whilst still performing, before chasing me around the crowd trying to hug me with his sweaty body shortly after. His blend of self-aware, blue-collar comedic rock is as joyously childish as it is unabashed and with blunt irreverence, but was thoroughly entertaining. He spent most of the set in the crowd and writhing around on the sticky floor, to mounting the bar and trying to sneak a drink for the female bartender. He finished by inviting the crowd to hear one last unplugged song in the men's bathroom, conducting the crowd whilst standing on the toilet seat in the stall. The acoustics inside were quite good actually.

I briefly got to listen to B.A.'s music before heading out, and it was an unexpected delight. I would recommend listening to his stuff - Gremlins 3 being his most recent release - and this review sums it up perfectly. 

  Iguana Death Cult

Iguana Death Cult

Their name alone warranted my full attention when looking up the bands on the Great Escape's line up, and Iguana Death Cult didn't disappoint.