Freak Valley Festival 2014
AWO Gelaende, Netphen-Deuz, Germany
May - 31 - 2014
Day # 3/ Act # 7
A SPACEBANDIT/MIRO/BLUESHACKS/LORD DIE taping cooperation
Freak Valley Notes... by Spacebandit
Once again the opening of the outdoor festival madness here in Germany started in an industrial area of tiny Netphen near Siegen. As in the two years before, the ROCKFREAKS put on a
fantastic lineup of stoner/doom/heavy 70's/bluesrock/spacerock, whatever your heart fills with joy. Some bands there did exclusive shows, with no further touring in Germany or even in
Europe, so the crowd gathering at Freak Valley consited of music lovers from all over the continent, sometimes even more far away. The sound was very good, and the lawn in front of the
stage as well (more later on that!). But somehow I feel that the spirit of Freak Valley has changed since last year. To be honest: To a more commercial festival. Though it might be good
for the event itself, there's a whole lotta more to make better next year. As me and my friends arrived in pouring rain on thursday noon, we could not get the usual parking lot in front
of the venue, but were forced to park our five station wagons (for comfortable old men's sleep) about a kilometer away. Well, that was nothing troubling, but the walk along a crowded
highspeed road on 50 centimeters (with cars almost NOT speeding down) was really life-risking. OH MY GOD! Even as they put out signs of 30 KM/H, some idiots cruised along me with 100+!
You wanna get killed by the roadside by an asshole who refuses to put the speed down on his car (only for about 500 meters)? I can think of a better way to die...Guess the drivers in that
Siegerland are all crazy. And the police had a chance to collect hundrets of licences...but where did I see our beloved HELPERS...? N.o.w.h.e.r.e !
Oh, hell yeah, that was the thing that I'm seriously PISSED. All other minor annoying things, like the rude kicking crowd during some shows are just "kindergarden"...Just KICK back...
All thanks to my "Psychedelik Stammtisch" crew of Michael, Wolli, Joerg and my dear brother Martin, and of course, to our good friend LORD DIE, who managed to get a secure parking lot
about 150 meters from stage, but for the price of a hip-surgery and a walking stick before...He deserved to get that!
A BIG BUNCH of THANKS to the whole Freak Valley workers for making this festival A REAL GOOD TIME. Thanks also for the well-behaved SECURITY boys and girls (but only from Friday on, where
were you on thursday? Day off?). Last not least, all thanks to the great ANNOUNCER Volker. Great to hear almost the same introduction to all bands!
So...well I need to write this...WEATHER REPORT...
May 29th - heavy rain on the drive/light rain all through the evening. night temperatures about 8+ C.
May 30th - no rain, clouded sky, broke up to the clear moonlight. night temperatures about 3/4+ C. Brrrr...
May 31st - fantastic sunshine all day long! night temperatures about 8/9+ C.
Admission fee: In advance, EARLY BIRD TICKETS, bought last November, 45 Euros.
Catering on Festival ground: Pizzabude (n�h!), a Veggiefood booth (naja...) and a Fritten/Currywurstbude (auch nicht �berragend!).
Two big sized Veltins Bier Booths, and a very crowded Cocktail-Bar...Oh, and of course, a much crowded Coffee-Bar.
Drain: Well, only four wagons to leave off your bladder and bowel remains. Sometimes an EMERGENCY, lifesaving procedere...2 more next year would be fine!
Ok, Ladies and gentlemen...here's a bit of FREAK VALLEY FESTIVAL 2014...
Zoom H2 with internal mics (at WAV 16/44) -> SD card -> HD -> USB stick -> my HD -> Audacity (edit/remaster) -> WAV 16/44 -> TLH8 -> FLAC -> DIME -> YOUR EARS AND MIND...
Recorded by dear LORD DIE first row almost dead center.This sounds very nice all through the complete set. Just boosted the volume and added a bit of the higher end, to make this
an even more satisfying listening. Unfortunately due to taping position, the vocals are much buried in the mix. Otherwise this is a "straight in your face" recording.
A few hollers here and there audible, but nothing too serious, and a few nice pics included as well.
We'll continue our journey through the recorings from lovely Freak Valley Festival 2014 with one of the most welcomed and best received bands, ELDER from Boston, MA., USA.
These three young guys surely know how to rock your mind body and soul with superb psychedelic stoner rock par excellence. As I wrote in my comment about the recently shared
show from Nuernberg (2014-04-21), they are in line with such "classic" acts like COLOUR HAZE, :THE EGOCENTRICS or THE MACHINE. Powerful heavy chords combined with very well
developed songwriting on the almost all 10+ minute compositions make me just simply feel home.
Here's their hour long set, opening the enchanting closing triple blow of FVF...Elder...Motorpsycho...Kadavar! Join in this fun show and lighten one up for this amazing band! SB.
FULL SHOW (57:11 min.)
01. Gemini -> Spires burning (24:06)
02. New song (11:27)
03. III (8:57)
04. Dead roots stirring (12:40)
the usual facebook/bandcamp sites...
Support the artists, go to their shows, buy all their official releases.
Do not convert to lossy files, unless for personal use. No lossy net use! Flac rules!
If you spread, keep lineage/taper info intact. It's us tapers that give you this recording for free!
If you sell...get your ass burned in hell!
Nick DiSalvo - Gibson SG, vocals
Matt Couto - drums
Jack Donovan - Fender bass
Uploaded to DIME by Spacebandit 2014/07/17.
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