Some More Green Man Sets – Holy F***; Bleeding Heart Narrative

I’m not getting on with this as quickly as I’d hoped but here are a couple of new Green Man sets for you…

[Sorry about the asterisks – I’m a bit concerned about the search engine issue]

Holy F***

I’m not what you’d call a die-hard fan of this lot, although there are times when their second album “LP” really hits the spot. So I wasn’t really sure how I was going to find what promised to be a really raucous Saturday night headlining set from Holy F***.

They took a while to warm up, and one point my head was being turned by the Green Man Pub stage, but I’m glad I stayed because it turned into a really good set, absolutely blistering by the end of the hour, the second half of which shot by.

As an old feller, I find myself increasingly bemused by how bands are made up these days. There was a drummer, I’m sure, a good one too, belting the hell out of his kit and providing some grounding to the wild electronic sounds that spun around him. There was a bass player too, but after that I couldn’t tell you quite what the other two blokes were doing, tapping on keyboards, banging different pads and twiddling knobs all over. It was loud all the time and pretty much rabid at times…

I’ve tried but failed to identify a number of the tracks they played, and so I’m having to resort to numbers for some of them (I hate this…), but if anyone recognises tracks, do please give me a yell. Here goes:

Super Inuit

Two

Three

Four

Stay Lit

Six

Red Lights

Royal Gregory

Lovely Allen

The Pulse

Eleven

Safari

I’ve also go another set for you, by an earnest troupe of acoustic dabblers, that I’ve written about before…

Bleeding Heart Narrative

In my fevered mind, I can make a link between Holy F*** and Bleeding Heart Narrative, the latter being a kind acoustic version of the former. If you can imagine a kind of folky krautrock…. Well, try….

They set themselves up with guitars, keyboards, rhythm, cello and violin and ran through a really interesting, occasionally droney set, full of wailing vocals, and sprightly songs. I really enjoyed it (and they were kind enough to send me a set list after the weekend…

Perun

HAL Passes the Turing Test

Mysterious Cults / Shoals

The Cartographer

The Jetty

Ambergris

Henry Box Brown

From the ground there echoed an ancient sound so rich that the surrounding people gathered


My Green Man revision meanders on in a characteristically undisciplined fashion. I’m up to Bleeding Heart Narrative…

Bleeding Heart Narrative

Bleeding Heart Narrative are a seven piece from London, it says in the “about” section of their rather charming website. And that’s about it, really…. Fortunately the Green Man biography is a little more forthcoming, which tells us amongst other things that BHN were originally the bedroom project of Oliver Barrett, until he beefed it up with a number of other musicians and friends. That he chose to do so with a largely acoustic and chiefly string based line-up, is what makes the band’s signature sound as alluring as it is.

I’ve bought their new record from emusic, Tongue Tangled Hair, and it’s a slow-to-unfurl but dazzling piece of atmospherics, each track taking its own time to come out, amongst an enveloping fuzz of violins, cellos and harmoniums, with an occasional dash of old-school Joe Meek-style electronics.

I’ve read a few pieces on their various releases, and the favoured adjective amongst reviewers seems to be “layered” or “multi-layered”, and so I’ve tried to avoid using it (apart from then, obviously) but you can’t blame folk really. These are carefully constructed, textured (uh-oh, there’s another one) pieces that eddy around seductively. It’s heady, beguiling stuff.

Enough of me blithering…

The amazingly generous Distance Records have an earlier release by Barrett under the name of Bleeding Heart Narrative available for free, which I’m downloading as I write, so cannot say much about. It’s available here.

My faith in Green Man is gathering apace…