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Posts Tagged ‘No Wave’

Death Cigarettes – A Live Review

The Legion, London, 16th August 2009

Written by Richard Pearmain

The Legion in Old Street has undergone a bit of a refurb since the last time I was there. Vague recollections of dodgy sauna-style wood panelling on the walls and a Lilliputian stage awkwardly occupying one corner are now banished by what seemed like an even longer bar than was there before. The venue has had a fresh wave of new promoters which appears to have progressed it from a jack of all things club-based, in an area drowning in the like, to somewhere incorporating a broader musical palette. A case in point tonight, being the headline band, Death Cigarettes.

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I'd seen Death Cigarettes a couple of times around various East London venues over the last twelve months. For a band whose reputation is in part founded on an explosive live show, the cavernous confines of the Legion seemed to take some of the sting out of them, compared to more intimate settings.

Musically, they inhabit that driving New York No Wave inspired sound – thrashing guitars, pounding drums and rumbling bass coupled with urgently delivered vocals. An obvious comparison is with early Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and there is certainly more than a touch of Karen O in… read more

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Written by Richard Pearmain

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That Certain Something: A Certain Ratio at Dingwalls

Live Review- A Certain Ratio, Dingwalls; 15th June 2009

Written by Richard Pearmain

Factory legends A Certain Ratio were making a rare appearance tonight in deepest Camden, as part of the Beat Happening Sessions at Dingwalls. One of the original Factory troubadours (contemporaries …