808state live at 93 Feet East,
London 18 October 2002
from the NME 2 November 2002:
93 Feet East
Whatever phases 808 State have gone through
- and there have been many - fashion has rarely been their main concern.
So, it's a real surprise to see the pendulum of trendiness swing towards
these exhibitionist Mancunians.
an intimate club setting, arguably the first stadium dance group gets
down and dirty to the whoops and cheers of the London cognoscenti.
And it's easy to see why they connect. Equal parts Miles Davis, hard-ass
beats with an extra junglist twist, keyboard funk, and discreet elements
of prog, Graham Massey, Andrew Barker and Darren Partington are on
a surreal roll.
onstage guests from Elbow, Alabama 3 and Simian (Elbow & Simian
weren't there, see Pete's report below..., ed.) help keep 808 State
contemporary, tonight is anything but a nostalgia-fest. Despite scintillating
updates of 'Pacific State' and 'Cubik', the onus is on new floor-fillers
like '606' and 'Crossword'. And it's nice to see, in the midst of
all this, that the trio haven't lost their sense of mischief. It's
just more subtle now.
by Pete (updated 16 February 2003):
in brick lane, east london (home of the indian restaurants), got cab
from station (driver had never heard of it - typical). luckily I remembered
it was opposite a brewery.
Myself & carlos
eventually made our way to the entrance (which was at the side - alleyway).
For a first didn't get searched (not that I carry anything dodge),
we make our way into the club. well it was a chilled out bar with
sofas & poofs (check spelling) everywhere, a sort of dj up a flight
of stairs playing everything from jazz to punk, we finally got seated
checking out the totty & flyers, within a moment we see the 808
posse make there way through (roadies inc).
so being a bit
nosey, carlos & I go to see where they go. we go through a door
& to the left is a larger room, with the stage directly to your
left, a DJ on a table in the corner by the stage & a bar to my
as I whizz to
the toilet I see graham and quickly say hello to him, passing the
backstage door from where he came.
We finally get
into the room where the DJ is spinning some funky up tempo house,
only a hand full of people in there (I'm thinking please not another
a few more beers, the room starts to fill up.
we are delighted to see 808 come on stage, Andy on keyboards on the
left, Patrick Illingworth on drums directly behind andy, to the right
of the stage is graham with his bank of keyboards with paddy on bass
& daz bongos & decks behind him.
straight off into
Doctors & Nurses (a tune thats growing on me, still need to hear
it on vinyl or cd).
next up is something that Darren calls "An old tune for ya"
it could only be Cobra Bora - quite a few cheers when the riff cuts
Then we are blessed
with the appearance of Alabama 3, (Larry Love looking like a cool
Richard Ashcroft in shades). instead of the lyrics from Crossword
- Larry just says 808 808 808 808 808 NO CHILL OUT, in front of Larry
is the Reverend D Wayne Love and what he rants about I havent a clue.
it went down well, unfortunately too short for my liking.
In Yer Face is
next that gets a huge roar from the crowd as always no matter where
you are in the world.
and I absolutely love this tune, very funky with mad squeeching synths,
love the build up near the end (reminds me off Backbeat (live by JJ
Jeczalik from Art of Noise at Hammersmith in 86). - JJ is a hero of
mine along with Graham & those lovely German innovators Hutter
Next tune starts
off as a catchy little number (luckily I heard it at castlefield and
knew what it was) - all goes quiet , then in comes the melodic sound
of Pacific, with Graham yet again playing a different tune on his
clarinet. It causes the biggest cheer of the night so far.
of the night, was to see Bjork to my right, just in front of the stage,
after a few numbers she disappeared (perhaps it wasnt so quiet for
Next is Boogieman
(a track that no one seems to like, well I like it except the repeating
boogieman boogiewoman most of the way through). thats the cue for
me top go the bar & get a beer.
Then we are treated
to the Dark and Lushious Long Orange (a tune that I& a few others
requested to be brought back to the live set).
The Second biggest
surprise is to hear 606 come on, where is Simon Lord from Simian I
thought, then I notice Graham is singing into a mic using a vocoder
(similar to Kraftwerk - Ve Are Zee Robots).
I'm getting excited
about the finale as Quincy is next & I finally get to move about
like a crazed loony - love it or what!
Last tune of the
night is the Mighty Cubik, and everyone goes mental, what a vibe &
how buzzing the room was by now. We want & need more, but sadly
the gig ends. I did notice a few people camcording it & a few
flashes from Cameras (you people come forward with pics please).
As I turn, I see
Larry Love by the bar. I approach him & say how great the gig
was, I couldnt help but say No Chill Out, then I offer him a drink
(Tequila & Orange) for those who are interested in such things..
As we head towards
the earlier bar area, in the passage way is Bjork chatting to Graham
& Paddy and a few others.
I say hello to
Graham again and Carlos (cheeky git) asks Bjork for an autograph,
so me being a bit merry mentions the last time I saw you was at the
Then as we move
on, a tall guy approaches me & says are you pete in a scottish
It was Souflex (Gary from the forum) who had made the trip from Holland.
Then whilst listening
to half a dozen voice messages from Nick King on my mobile, Carlos
is approached by a guy from the backstage area (wearing a rather nice
he then tells
me we are invited backstage, wicked!
Backstage is busy
as ever, got to say hello to Andy at last, before some chick started
chatting to me about what I was wearing & where I DJ
Got a brief chat
with Daz, told him a few bad jokes about Heather Mills etc.
Then in the corner
is a lively character - guess who LIVEWIRE.
have a good chat with him, I was quite drunk by now & cant remember
what we chatted about.
& the guy with the scarf (Circus exec) get chatting to me about
whats happening with releases etc, I'm told theres no single from
the album, but there will be an EP in the new year (2003 I presume).
Graham says to scarfey that I know everything there is to know about
808, I'm probably 3rd after Nick King & Markus.
before we knew
it, we were being told to leave by the bouncers. I managed to rip
an A4 flyer of OT off the wall on the way out
so out on the
streets at 4am in east London, we get quoted £60 for a taxi
from a dodgy geezer. We carry on looking for a proper taxi establishment
& get a price of £45 going back to watford, we take it!
Yet another wicked
night, bring on Manchester in December!