The first band of the night was Martin Kay Group.
They played an exploratory set with a nice balance between each player.
Their sound seemed to be designed to take you on a journey and whilst I’m not so certain if that was the intent or if it was successful, it was a nice, tight set that worked well to warm up the (unfortunately small) crowd.
Next up was Kurushimi.
With one member conducting and the other four playing, it was very much an improvisation set that built and reduced in intensity but did not feel as though it was an aural assault.
The group knew how to bounce off of each other well and their set was all the better for it.
Milton Man Gogh came onto stage and went through many a song.
Their set was energetic and smooth. It moved along at a decent pace and had a few math rock-like moments that gave the music a bit more angularity. These were pulled off deftly and felt as smooth as anything else that the band played.
There was a significant focus on rhythm whilst saxophone worked well on strengthening and building up structure, although there were times that it received the spotlight.
Overall, Milton Man Gogh played a fun and enjoyable set. It went for the right amount of time and showed a good amount of confidence in what they were developing and working toward.
They (as well as the other two bands) were worth the time seeing.