Thursday 8th March
Big Hair presents @ The Cellar, Oxford
Heads We Dance
"HEADS WE DANCE produce audacious slices of well heeled infectiously flamboyant pop... 'Love In The Digital Age' is just the type of custom chromed stream lined aero dynamic happy pop that the early 80's new romantic/new pop scene promised but seldom delivered. 'Valmont Duels' is a towering display of the kind of euphorically cool retro pop that makes you want to pose and strut in front of your mirror away from prying eyes - made up of 80's signatures, swathes of dinky austere sounding synths, skinny tied guitars and falsetto vocals its more of an art form tribute to another age than a pop song per say - thinks Sparks, Classix Nouveau and the Associates... essential stuff." - Losing Today, October 2006
"Electro newcomers HEADS WE DANCE come up with the bubbling wonder of 'Love In The Digital Age' - a pure slice of hardwired synth driven pop. It's the beginning of something rather special and by the time 'Valmont Duels' kicks in with a harder deeper toned rock, the guitars are swaying and clicking in with the drums just like it's 1984 all over again. HEADS WE DANCE mix Bowie and TOTP goth imposters with the theme from 'Footloose' - enchanting, worrying and extremely infectious. 4.5/5" - Manchester Music, November 2006
Dogshow are a live performance with Mr Crombie on synthesizers and Laurie on drums. The show features an array of custom made drumming machines, lights, visuals and instruments. Dogshow play dance music but take inspiration from Djs, bands, the theatre and art to make a multi sensosory experince
Hammer Vs The Snake
Following on from their highly promising debut demo, university band Hammer & The Snake consolidate their standing with this four song EP. Harsh, metallic synths squelch all over jerky, robotic guitar stabs and urgently lost vocals, sounding like a meaty collision of Blur, Devo and Wire,
even dropping a bit of Clash in for good measure. The wobbly funk and staccato, almost militaristic, rhythms of ‘Blame’ and ‘Watcha Need’ give the band a confident, strident feel, like they’ve been doing this for aeons, the frantic call-and-response vocals on the latter in particular demonstrating the band’s accomplished but still fresh feel. They mix guitars and synths well, neither dominating the other or feeling tokenistic. ‘Safe’ is more dandyish, as if The Divine Comedy had somehow joined
the post-puk love-in, though there’s almost a reggae groove underpinning the whole thing. Excellent stuff generally and, despite the obvious influences, it’s only on the last track, ‘Life & Times’, riding along on Franz Ferdinand’s coattails, do they feel like they’re playing catch up.
+ DJ’s playing indie, rock, pop, 80’s and stuff that they happen to like! Aright?
Fosters, John Smiths and selected Alco pops £1.50 a pint all night
Doors open at 8:30pm till 3am
Bands start at 9pm