Last night I got to see waifish Dutch manchild and perennial Pitchfork favourite, Jacco Gardner play live for The First Time.
It was all pretty exciting because I actually won two tickets to the gig, courtesy of blog extraordinaire Aquarium Drunkard. Since I’ve never won anything better than a jar of sweets at a school Christmas fair, I enjoyed a similar level of breathless excitement to Charlie circa winning the golden tickets (from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, natch). First Jacco. Next, the lottery?
Anyways, the gig?
Everyone bopped non stop, except for JG’s slightly prog-rockish 20 min instrumental solo when people started to look a little glazed. But apart from that, it was The Best. I haven’t felt so full of Joy since watching Philharmonic Spree aged 15 at Leeds Festival. And that was my first festival! It’s hard for any musical performance these days to come close to anything you first watched after 5 alcopops and a fully-clothed snogging session with a boy in a tent, amiright?
After my no-holds barred t-shirt centric interview with No Age, I figured I could follow this up with a similar avant-garde (read, feckless) fusion of FASHION and MUSIC in one concise interview.
So, I interviewed Jacco and one of his guitarists.
Here they are, beaming away, presumably because they knew this photo would be so fucking twee that kittens all over the world would just give up and die, because what’s the point?
I asked them to rate the gig’s best accessories.
This decision was inspired by Jacco’s striking choice of headwear:
Yup, I was a bit ill and woozy, so forgot to put on the flash for some of these photos. Apologies.
Jacco on his hat:
See that orange slice? That’s actually a real orange. My booking agent made it - she glazes pieces of fruit and makes them into brooches.
So, this is a real mountie hat from Hamilton, Canada. I used to have a hat I liked better - a big black Stetson from Las Vegas, but I lost it, so.
My hats might look good, but it’s a practical decision - I wear them to keep my hair out of my eyes so I don’t get distracted while playing.
Jacco’s Top Three Accessories At The Gig:
1. Erin’s awesomewickedcool hat:
"This is a great hat. Seriously! Look at the way it frames her face. It’s just right."
What a charmer.
2. Norman’s specs
"I like these, they’re unexpected. Loud and proud, plus, transparent? Who doesn’t love transparent?"
I hear ya, Jacco. Pronounced ‘Yacko’. Who knew?
3. Zach’s shirt
Not strictly an accessory, but honestly, by the time I did this interview the venue was emptying out and we had limited options.
"This is a bold shirt. You’ve got to have a lot of confidence to wear a shirt like this - and he pulls it off really well!"
Finally, I managed to switch the flash on and get a picture of Erin and Jacco together, having traded headgear and looking like an advert for why young pretty people should all wear hats and hang out together talking about the 60s: