Decorum presents: ACTION BEAT, DON VITO and THE WAILINGEST CATS
Bristol County Sports Club, Bristol
Tuesday 24th February
£4 advance (tickets available from Here Shop and Bristol Ticket Shop), £5 on the door
The next Decorum night looks set to be a fine evening, here's how the bands stack up:
Action Beat (Southern Records) are an intense semi-improvised noise/no-wave punk ensemble from Bletchley, inspired by early Sonic Youth, The EX, Glenn Branca and other avant guitar ensembles. Based a core of five musicians, but often expanding to as many as fourteen for live shows, a normal gig will have at least three guitarists, a bassist and between one to four drummers, with some shows including saxophone, trumpet and violin. In the wrong hands, such overly-enthusiastic stage overpopulation can lead to muddy indifference - Action Beat, however, concentrate their excess into focused, yet ragged, grooves punctuated by bursts of screeching avant-punk noise and evil disco rhythms. Their blistering live shows are a riot of urgent punk energy and frequently descend into chaos (and sometimes semi-nakedness), so its not surprising that they’ve gained much recognition in the UK and Europe - sharing stages with Do Make Say Think, Dälek, Oxes, ZU, Usaisamonster and Bilge Pump.
Don Vito are a frantic, noisy punk rock 3-piece from Leipzig, Germany. Nasty, quirky and very imaginative, they come armed with a tightly wound live sound that’s been honed by relentless touring in mainland Europe. Like Action Beat, they also know how to write a coruscating guitar groove, but they choose to punctuate theirs with stuttering math-rock stabs and off-kilter gang yelps. It’s their first tour of our fair shores, so be sure to give them a decorous welcome.
THE WAILINGEST CATS
"The Wailingest Cats live in the rising smoke from a cigarette parked under the rods of a Selmer Mark IV during a saxophone solo. They ride a fingersnap on the offbeat. They clap only in triplets. They have a great ear and a great eye and a greater instinct. They have an understated state of grace that doesn’t necessarily wish the world well. They’re here to gas the populace, Jack."
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