Tuesday, 9 September 2008

Wrongpop 18 featuring Inside Right/Everyone to the Anderson/Lebanons/Tribal Brides of the Amazon @ The Glebe, Stoke. September 6th.

Review by Charlotte Lunt

Photos by Stuart F. Steele

A surprisingly empty venue for Wrongpop (rated) 18 soon filled as Inside Right opened the evening’s proceedings. Providing quirky pop-punk with a decidedly commercial edge, this four-piece have a contemporary sound. They mix tempos and differing styles within each song, and have a distinct sound of their own; shown in songs such as ‘Snakes’ and ‘Book of Crypto’. As musicians they are clearly talented and play a tight set, however this isn’t matched by the lyrical content of their songs which leaves them lacking somewhat. Despite this, the band obviously enjoys playing and once they had relaxed into their set they put on a good show.

Brighton’s own Everyone to the Anderson took to the Glebe’s stage as part of their current tour; opening a quirky set that clearly showed their sense of humour. Their post-rock set shone with influences such as Fugazi and Mogwai, with dramatic time changes, discordant guitar and bass, and a commanding delivery of prosaic vocals. Live, the band delivers a much rawer sound than on their recordings, giving tracks like their opener, ‘When Beasts Attack’ and ‘West? West! West?’ added teeth, which is an achievement for a band who describe a recent recording of 'Oh No, Raptors!' as “it's the one where Sven’s guitar sounds like the apocalypse”

Lebanons, who are touring with Everyone to the Anderson, cranked things up a gear, with a blistering first song which witnessed frenetic playing and vocal delivery from Michael Miles. The stage set up with the band facing inwards could have lead to an insular performance were it not for the shear vitality of the music. Their second song ‘I’m a little bit 1789’ had a calculated sinister edge to it with the repeated lyrics “how many times must I tell you?” More than fulfilling the distortion requirement of the evening and playing at break-neck speeds, they soared through their set finishing with ‘One arm’; a curiously eclectic, yet compelling song.

The final slot of the night belonged to Tribal Brides of the Amazon, who brought a lighter tone to the proceedings, layering ornate hooks over a tight rhythm section. They gave a professionally nonchalant performance throughout their set with glimpses of a more commercial sound amongst some of the tracks. They presented a rockier sound with one track which saw Michael Walsh exchange his drums with Jim Mycock’s guitar, before returning to their favoured instruments. In Mycock they had the first identifiable frontman of the evening, and his distinct and formidable vocals powered each song along. Their last track was ‘Dim Hills’, apparently “a song about camping”, and then left the venue full of feedback. It is featured on ’14 songs to derail your Zen’ a compilation from local label Owd Ear Recordings.

Wrongpop has again provided a dynamic and diverse evening of musical entertainment, and will make its last appearance of the year at The Glebe on October 4th.

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