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Almost Daily – 21/02/07

February 21, 2007

The Long Blondes, Astoria – 20th February 2007

I’ve heard Pixies’ Doolittle, and have listened to men telling jokes, so there was little surprising about Brakes live set this evening. Abandoning the sonic precision of their records they tonight suffer from the performance equivalent of A.D.D., leaving me craving a band open to the concept of rehearsal. Enter The Long Blondes.

I wish I’d lost my Pop-music cherry to The Long Blondes. Imagine that first gig, the thrill of a partner with a fiery sexuality, guitar hooks growling with experience and intensity, barely held back by the staccato rhythm section. The songs, like ‘Lust in the Movies’ and ‘Fulwood Babylon’, barely scratch that rampant teenage itch, and when it slows down (‘Heaven Help the New Girl’) you know what comes afterwards will only be more exciting. Recognition sparks in both young and jaded, delivered by the most beautiful five-piece to grace the stage.

The climax comes during the one-two punch of ‘You Could Have Both’ and ‘Giddy Stratospheres’. It makes the raucous set seem like foreplay. Sultry singer Kate Jackson and crowd alike feed off of renewed energy, bodies moving in time before being bathed in applause and afterglow (B-side ‘Five Ways to End It’ the appropriate closer). Exhausting.

Doves were my first live gig, setting a course of dour clothes and scruffy hair: The Secondary School-ers in tonight’s show will grow up to be the best dressed matinee idols in the land, mark my words.

© Matthew Sheret – 2007

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Also go here: Of Montreal acoustic session

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