Posts Tagged ‘indiepop’

The newest and certainly the most exciting kids on the Brighton promoter block, Dictionary Pudding, are offering up some lo-fi for one and all. So why the fuck not?

You would be forgiven for thinking Men Oh Pause – great band name by the way – were indiepopqueeriotgrrrlQI etc. The visual tropes are there: matching caps, turn-ups, charity shop gear. But you’d be wrong. Completely wrong. They are in fact an incredibly covert sound art troupe. Ostensibly they write songs, but they’re crafted with minimal drums. And by minimal we are talking agonisingly sparse, with lashings of dread goliath bass and deranged keys. There are some meanderings through doompop but it’s high-art manoeuvring all the way. The poor Fitzherberts’ fish take a battering.

There can be very few individuals who can get away with a Daisy Rock guitar with football stickers on it, but King of Cats frontman Max Levy is part of that micro-elite. KoC are absolutely feral tonight. Noise-indie in its very most literal sense. The rock rhythm section has been swapped for a trashy cheapo drum machine and synths, and is all the better for it. The lighter moments recall Casiotone For the Painfully Alone but with sooooooo much more alone, and painful. Again, in a good way.

The Middle OnesI don’t have a big sister, but if I did I’d want her to be one someone who could comfortably join The Middle Ones. An absolute charm offensive from the first note. Bands who laugh a lot are usually hiding something, usually a lack of rehearsal. Not TMO though. They are just having a fantastic time and it is wildly infectious. Superb harmonies throughout. There is a palpable sense of euphoria in the room. Lets just hope the Bristol/Norwich duo are back again before long.

No one would be too offended if I were to suggest the main reason people are here this evening is to see one of Frozy’s rare live exposés; and of course they deliver in spades. It’s quite a long set but they keep the crowd in a state of entrancement all the way. A number of ‘superfans’ sing along and it’s a tremendous summing up to fantastic summer evening. There is a slight sense of melancholy though. In that apparently Frozy members live in Brighton, New York and Amsterdam. So, perhaps it’s going to be quite some time before we see them again?


Riot Grrrl

Posted: 01/08/2013 in Opinion
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Riot grrrl is over 20 years old now but has still yet to create a tangible creative legacy. Sure, there’s a concrete ideology and the same old fixture referred to bands: Bikini Kill, Huggy Bear etc but there is a reason you never see and riot girl bands in anyones best of/end of year/greatest albums lists. It’s the sad fact is that the bands just aren’t very good.

There is an admirable enthusiasm and DIY attitude flowing through the scene, and the world is a disgustingly sexist place. But starting a band with beginer musical ability and playing live ASAP actually dilutes the message and only serves to contradict the ‘girls can do it perfectly well themselves’ message. Which is a shame as there is a sore lack of women in bands.

The problem lies in the fact that riot girl is seen as a very cool thing to do, no matter how amateurish the act, the ‘ever so on it’ crowd will stout-heartedly lap it up. This is counter productive. None of the bands will ever get to a standard that people not in the elite will want to listen to them and the bands will remain preaching to the converted.

Most annoyingly though is that most of the bands are quite amiable. Where’s the riot?

Riot Grrrl