@Traktor, Asleep in the Park and The C-Men at Bochka Khmilna, Oct. 5th, 2008

Now that was fun.

We were very grateful to be asked to perform as special guests and what we knew would be a great show and we weren’t disappointed.

I got to Bochka at 7 am for soundcheck, finding myself the only C-Man there at that time.  Various bodies were scattered around, however, mostly of Australian extraction.  Marty and his ever-present winter hat seemed to be the most lively.  Max was right out of it with fatigue, barely clinging to the stair upon which she had perched herself.  Simon and Naomi were laid out on the bench seats, somehow managing to sleep while the preternaturally perky Sasha and Alyona of @Traktor went through their check.  Eventually, other C-People showed up, except for Mick, who lives (I think) in Minsk and is a prima donna 🙂

I was absolutely calm right up until we started, but then my right leg started shaking as though it were possessed by Elvis.  The others were their normal selves and seemed unaffected, especially the real "showmen" in the band, Mick and Ira.  At one point, Ira had some young fan licking her knee.  Mick was clearly enraged with envy and – no matter how much his thrust his extremities at the audience – no one took it upon him/herself to lick them.

We did our 11 songs and hied off the stage, to make way for Asleep in the Park.  Man, they were good.  I’m never really sure just how to categorise their music; I just know that I like it.  Really well-written tunes, with unforgettable hooks and played with an extraordinary amount of energy.  They really got people moving.  And they played both "Skeleton" (my favourite tune of theirs,) as well as "Jailbreak," by AC/DC!  What more could I ask?

@Traktor is not a band suited for quiet reflection.  Sasha and Alyona really bang it out and the audience lapped it up.  They gained a huge fan immediately in the person of our Ira, who gushed enthusiastically about their performance.

All in all, although 50 UAH is a lot for many people, I truly believe they got their money’s worth.

P.S.  Irka has correctly pointed out that AITP did NOT play "Jailbreak," but rather "TNT" by AC/DC/  This is a clearcase of my believing what I wanted to believe.


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7 Responses to “@Traktor, Asleep in the Park and The C-Men at Bochka Khmilna, Oct. 5th, 2008”

  1. yurkoziy Says:

    i wonder how did that happen – Aussie band performing in Ukraine?..

    • blairsheridan Says:

      Pretty cool, isn’t it?
      They were here last year, too. That’s when they got to know Sasha Pipa, when he was still with Borshch. They kept in touch and – voila! – you had their joint tour this year.
      I have a feeling they’ll be back again, as they seemed genuinely thrilled with the tour and Ukraine, in general.

      • yurkoziy Says:

        and where are YOU from?

      • blairsheridan Says:

        I’m from Montreal, Canada. The others in the C-Men are from Kyiv and England.

      • attraktor_band Says:

        Aussie band performing in Ukraine?
        Some corrections. They were here last year because they decided to come to UA, then found a band theyl ove to perfrme with – on Myspace, of course.It was Borshch. They were entirely shoked by Kiev’s audience and asked for UA tour. The rest is correct – thanx, Blair -)))
        Next time – in April…

      • blairsheridan Says:

        Re: Aussie band performing in Ukraine?
        Well, there you hhave it: from “the horse’s mouth,” as they say!
        Thanks for the correction, @Traktor. You guys were terrific.

      • attraktor_band Says:

        Re: Aussie band performing in Ukraine?
        Мерси, вы – тоже.И чего тебе не спится в такое время -)))

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