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Beaches @ Northcote Social Club (Melbourne) with Lindsey Low Hand and Circle Pit 29/11/08

December 2, 2008

Starting off the night was Lindsey Low Hand, to no more than 25 or 30 people, the trio (including Wolf & Cub’s Joel Carey on drums) charged their way through wirery, static numbers, strung together with slightly drunken and amusing banter. Over the course of their seemingly lazy and yet highly entertaining set of slightly punk-rinsed rock songs, the crowd grew into a fully fledged packed house. This band played loud, with the two front men’s high-pitched vocals matching the hectic mess of guitar. There was a light hearted and humours appeal to the trio’s performance, making it all the more enjoyable.
Filling in the second support slot was Circle Pit, with noisy, somewhat sludgy songs. Their sound was a wall of force, exploding from the back of your garage to the stage in front of me at the Northcote Social Club. Incoherent vocals were drawled out across a tangle of shambolic guitar and bass, with a keyboard thrown into the disarray of instrumentation. There was a brutality about this bands music that kept me intrigued, but along with that came a nonchalance and pretentiousness that made it hard to feel as if the band were playing for the audience, or just for themselves.
Then of course it was album-launches, Beaches, time to play. I went into this show knowing absolutely nothing of this band, and have been completely blown away by thus bands unique surfy rock songs. Some songs were armed with Television-esque guitar riffs and exhumed a light-hearted pop sensibility, before being contrasted against darker, Sonic Youth influenced numbers. Songs with lyrics were few, far between and minimalistic, but the high level of energy moved the set along, each song refreshing and just as ingenious as the one before. There is something about this band that is subtly inspiring, for me at least. This is a band of five girls with no gimmicks, just the ability and genuine talent to write amazing rock and roll songs.
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  1. Philippe permalink
    December 2, 2008 12:42 pm

    yah!!!

    AND I WAS THERE OMG N STUFF!!!

    But yeah I agree with you pretty much Alex.

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