Aaron Moore’s performances, whether solo or with Volcano the Bear, always seem deceptively ramshackle. An abnormally gifted musician (his seemingly natural flair for free drumming could keep him busy with any number of bands), he seems preoccupied with the grey areas at the outer edges of instrumental skill. It’s as if he’s cultivated a disinterest in his own considerable ability to a degree whereby it becomes a strategy in its own right. This performance at the Fox & Newt in Leeds is a case in point, full of awkward spaces, fortuitous circumstance (the drum kit and costume changes weren’t planned inclusions) and deliberate anti-musicianship. He mentioned that he’s playing with A Hawk and A Hacksaw now, and I’d be very keen to hear the results of that union. Always a pleasure, never a chore.
Sorry about the shakey cam. It’s hard to insert a charger into a camcorder in the dark, one handed, while you’re filming.