THE HOT PUPPIES + WET DOG + THE DAYS + CANDY PANIC ATTACK
Plus DJ Patticakes and The Panthergirls!!
Sun 3 December 2006
7.30pm - 10.30pm
Chapter Arts Centre
Chapter Box Office: 029 2030 4400
THE HOT PUPPIES
"The Puppies are limited only by the boundaries of their imagination; shame the album has come too late for this year's Mercury prize." The Guardian
"..say hello to the new pulp."
"..best bar none..hot tip for 2006.."
"..with song titles, band name and label name all scoring high on this cool-o-meter.the hot puppies are as fantastic as waking up in a sea of oreo cookies with no option but to eat your way to safety. terry is pummelling smack-disco.but its the b-side that makes off with the garlands, being a truly terrific, vitriolic suicide waltz, full of withering put-downs (if you tell me that you love me one more time, I shall be sick on your guitar) and going-home-alone-at-the-end-of-the-night-sadness."
"..their dark zombie girlband surf tunes ooze that seductic danger scent that made you want to snip locks of mullet off of nick cave - the waltzer-pop harpy-wail of new single, terry, that sounds like throwing muses at a satanic hoedownpuppies, like cujo then. and hot, like brimstone."
mark beaumont - nme
"..the hot puppies are a hard-rocking band with balls, who still manage to sound like they should be playing a smoky jazz club somewhere. or even a honky-tonk: plenty of tremelo guitar and a closing number, how come you dont hold me no more?, that recalls hank williams, why dont you love me like you used to?, gives the set that country tinge."
I see Everett is frothing about Wet Dog, and this song in particular, in the new issue of Plan B (my goodness, are we up to issue 11 already?). That doesn’t surprise me, as it was Mr True that turned me on to them a few weeks back when we dropped into Brighton for the weekend. I’m glad he did, glad he passed on a copy of the Live At PURR album and DVD that this comes from, because this song has beguiled me ever since.
Paring back to the bare essentials of rock’n’roll, Wet Dog rely, indeed insist on the mesmerising heartbeat drum of Mo Tucker (or indeed of Anne Shop Assistant), the dolefully melodic bass of Slant 6 and the razorwire sharp guitar picking of Delta bluesmen rocking on the porch in the blanching sun. It strangely reminds me too of The Visitors and Hope; all down to phrasing and the way the words travel up and down along the spine, like the waves on Sidmouth beach.
Meanwhile, word on the street has it that Wet Dog are Vic Godard’s new backing band, and that he considers them the closest to the original Subway Sect he has worked with. Now that’s some mighty accolade, and if the rumours are true, it appears they may be working together to record the original Subway Sect album together. I for one await developments with a mixture of excitable expectation and grouchy trepidation, for whilst I am sure that Wet Dog would sound fantastic, I have nagging doubts that say the context would be all wrong and that sometimes the great lost myths should stay just that. After all, who was really convinced that the reality of the finally executed Smile really lived up to the legend?
Cardiff 3 piece, Hunky Dory and Scary Monsters And a heck of a lot of other stuff....
CANDY PANIC ATTACK
"Y'know all this bollocks going on at the moment about these indie bands being 'straight talking' because they talk about putting out the bins in their songs? Well they should listen to these lot - snotty punks, a real English accent and instruments played brilliantly haphazardly!" Alex, Shadowplay zine
"The songs are short and snappy.. a feel good, raw punk with a pop friendly undertone to it." Lucia, Comfortcomes.com
"Whether by accident or design, Candy Panic Attack's CD even smells sweet! These 3 tracks of lo-fi riot grrrl punk rock resemble a grungier version of Helen Love, and mighty fine they are too. Fans of The Slits, Bikini Kill and the like, are sure to enjoy the short, sharp ditties by this Essex three piece. They also have the best logo ever" Sophia, Noisy zine
"riot grrrl love-heart crunchy sugar rush home-made very DIY lo-fi for fans of Huggy Bear and The Raincoats and Pussy Face and The Smears..." Sean, Organ