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Mike Watt and the Missingmen
Mike Watt and the Missingmen5 nov. 2011, Amsterdam
Mike Watt and the Missingmen ended their world tour with Hyphenated-man in Amsterdam. The opera they played lets best be described as punk jazz with a fluent experimental, raw and driving sound.
While this kind of music may be absent in a punk starter kit, the band themselves enjoyed to play for once on a low level stage. The location Kafana was in a place that housed around 1980 gallery Amok. Since the squat building was legalized the gallery space was commercialized for non art stuff...Until the owner needed anti squat artists. And so it happened that a band with a solid history was booked on a temporary stage with two halogen spots laying on the floor.
Mike Watt made his name with the Minutemen and later on Firehose. In recent years he is also known as the 'new' bassist of Iggy Pop and the Stooges. Raul Morales is since 2005 drummer with Secondmen and now Missingmen and Tom Watson the guitar player joined them in 2006. Together they have a broad set of music. On this tour they played their opera Hyphenated-man. A non stop show with only a few short silent breaks. Songs morphed into each other making the show at some points intellectual but always in safe limits of a steady beat. The quality was superb. It was an historic concert on magic ground.
More information about Mike Watt can be found on his website.