Truck 2004

“Ah, Truck Festival, now in its seventh year and still the perfect antidote to any bloated, highly corporate weekend-long rock event… ” (Drowned in Sound) Quite a lot to report this year, so let’s go straight to the end of the festival; Simple Kid playing his very mellow country-rock including an unofficial anthem for the year, the suitably titled “Truck On”, followed by the Japanese power trio Electric Eel Shock, enticing the crowd (as is traditional, full of orange-shirted stewards having completed their final shifts) to “do the metal”, while their drummer stands up in rock triumph, wearing nothing but a well-placed sock. The next time we encountered them, in Hong Kong, the same thing happened and the poor guy ended up in jail for the night.

Norwich’s finest, KaitO made one of their regular and highly enjoyable Truck appearances – the guitarist Dave was a Norfolk pig farmer, while singer Nikki is now in Factory Floor. Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster headlined the first night most capably, continuing the Brighton invasion of Truck, having spend the whole day wandering around in full make-up.