11 marzo 2017
C'erano Charles Hayward e Charles Bullen, dapprima con un set individuale ciascuno - più la proiezione del film di John Smith The Black Tower tra i due momenti - e poi insieme in gran forza con Alexis Taylor, Chris Cutler, Merlin Nova, John Edwards, Daniel O’Sullivan, James Sedwards, Frank Byng, Alex Ward, Thurston Moore e le cantanti Luisa Gerstein, Laura Groves e Jenny Moore. Il concerto è stato filmato professionalmente e prima o poi le riprese vedranno la luce, magari solo a scopo promozionale. Per il momento, oltre a qualche breve estratto postato su YT, a descrivere l'esplosione di emozioni e riflessioni suscitate dalla fulminante esibizione di This is not This Heat al Barbican di Londra la scorsa settimana ci provano Sean Worrall (The Organ), Ed Pinsent (The Sound Projector) e Matthew Shaw (Louder than War).
Scrive Pinsent: "The team effort says something about how, through music, we can build on stage a working model of how human relations could change, how society could work better. Even if it’s just for two hours on stage, we can learn from it. John Stevens, the UK improviser, believed strongly in this possibility, and manifested it in all of his directed team efforts, harnessing the energy of great musicians to show a way of living, working and doing that was a model of how a co-operative society could work. I’ve always thought This Heat believed in that too; at the Barbican, they proved it. Some media write-ups and appraisals have pointed out the gap between the original This Heat and this event; for instance, the concert handout tells us it’s been 40 years since the band’s first gig in 1976. Well, maybe this isn’t really a gap; I would argue that it has in fact been a necessary waiting process, a maturation. The band This Heat had to exist in the 1970s and 1980s, in order to influence musicians Thurston Moore and many others (becoming a “cult” band, I suppose, much as I hate that term), and the impact of their work sunk into the culture in a gradual way. Think of it as a slow release of benign energy, a healing and changing power. The time is now right for that cycle to complete; by bringing their own history, with This Heat DNA mixed into it, the 14 musicians were able to realise the “perfect” version of This Heat we saw in March 2017. If I am right in these fervoured ravings, maybe the event says something about the way culture ought to happen; it’s not instant, it’s slow, and mysterious, but when it works – it’s a glorious and unstoppable force for good."