OK a show you shouldn't miss if you're in the Hague or Amsterdam 24/25 February. The Zips and Helmettes Here's the press release which puts it better than I can!
The triumphant return of Minny Pops; with lead supporting role from Rats on Rafts, ably assisted by Jack and the Beanstalks, Womb and Viv Albertine.
for many of the crowd, they are quite literally transported back a quarter of a century.
a strange and rather beautiful concoction
Exquisitely crafted, perfectly distilled and utterly fulfilling in every way.
You can meow right off
Nada Surf seem to be getting better at what they do
akin to drinking a full bottle of bourbon whiskey in about 45 minutes
unsurprisingly, quite a schizophrenic album
Tex-Mex dining for the ears
At times the record does seem to hold the listener aloof, as on Schadenfreunde and Ganz Ganz Ganz Genau which do have a little of Klaus Dinger’s glacial utopian spirit about them.
Indeed it’s as if we’ve just attuned our receiver back into Toulouse Trax’s little world; which has, unbeknownst to us, merely carried on doing its thing
Personally I think he’s at his best when he adds a bit of swagger and dumb optimism and stops trying to act twice his age.
The fuzzy, gloopy atmosphere is what makes this record: it looks to slowly draw you in, by stealth and then drown your senses with its heavy-lidded sensuality.
I do find it a bit of a mixed bag; GBV were always a restless and slightly alien proposition, one that couldn’t really take time to worry about defining itself for eternital judgement.
This is a beautiful body of work, however fragile and regardless of the macabre commission.
The thud of the drums and the clash of the guitars give these pieces an almost tribal quality, you can see them being the soundtracks to an induction ceremony of a groovy cult or some such.
Luckily we don’t get into that minor chord work out that all too often makes records like this seem academic or worthy.
....it boasts some outrageously simple hooks and riffs, such as on the tremendous funk marathon that is Sundance - a brutal head trip very much in the spirit of Gavin Russom.