Sunday, October 02, 2005

Let there be Blurt...

Friday 30th September 2005 @ The Cube, Bristol

Papa Molasses & the Dane County Paragons

'Papa Molasses & the Dane County Paragons' were a mountain of dirty alt-country – a tex-mex nightmare of smeared vocals, heavy guitars and manic drums. The ‘Sergio Leone’ Spaghetti Western screening behind them suited their possessed set perfectly – sort of Cramps psycho-billy with a pinch of Ska and maybe a little Bauhaus grafted to a lot of twitching visceral muscle - unquestionably worth seeing again! Can’t believe these guys haven’t released any buyable tunes yet....Get on with it!!!…………………………

Ivory Springer

Math-rock trio 'Ivory Springer', from Bedminster were a little more sedate than the opening act but no less exciting, with their mangled angular guitar shapes and funny lyrics about the staring eyes of Soviets (sorry my memory is a bit shot in this dept.) - sort of vaguely reminded me of Hovercraft in places. Tight distorted ditties with rhythms that flipped from guitar to bass then back again - well worth a repeat performance.

Blurt

Well, Mr Milton’s 'Blurt' was a real treat - Playing a lot of old time favourites like they were penned just yesterday and he was still only 25! Backed only by spiky guitar and drums, they gave plenty of room for Ted to scrawl over the sound with his sax (my goodness this man could play!) He filled the space with some excellently absurd lyrics, put across with a mad-charismatic stare and his over-sized suit shaking round his dancing frame…

Blurt

Blurt

…The guitarist was superbly tight, creating such 'geniusly' simple rhythms that were as addictive as hell, at one point even spot playing his fretboard like a piano… …Blurt were so good, you were simply left with a taste for more! - One encore just wasn’t enough…

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