The Vicious Guns + Bec & Beth + Hysterical Injury
Thursday, April 9, 2009
7:00pm - 10:00pm
Clwb Ifor Bach, Womanby Street, Cardiff, United Kingdom
THE VICIOUS GUNS
This highly competitive couple challenge each other with everything from coming up with the winning vocal melody or beat to fitting into the same pair of skinny jeans. A musical fusion born out of the ashes of a chaotic boy meets girl scenario...J & D inspire each other with tales of their individual journeys. An undefinable union - The Vicious Guns churn out 80s tinged danceable tracks exposing intimate glimpes of a relationship both sweet and sour. Highlighting incredible songwriting and production skills- dark moments and the light at the end of the tunnel, TVG will take you on a ride you won't soon forget."
"Lovers of Cyndi Lauper and Depeche Mode rejoice!"
"This duo of friends (lovers!?) really hit the nail on the head with their interpretation of Cyndi Lauper meets Depeche Mode...awesome production on the demos and killer melodies. Watch out for The Vicious Guns. Comprised of ex members of Tuuli, The Von Bondies, Les Six (MacIsaac) and current members of The Scourge Of The Sea (Haydon)."
"Bottle-blonde singer/guitarist Jenny MacIsaac looks like a cross between Kenickie's Lauren Laverne and a punk rock Cameron Diaz" - Simon Price, Manic Street Preachers Biographer/The Independent - UK
BETH & BEC
Bec and Beth EP Purr Records 7”
Article written by Ged M
Aug 2, 2008.
‘Bec and Beth’ sounds like a schoolbook graffito or a best friends’ declaration scraped into the top of a school desk. The “best friends” part is certainly right; this is Becky Wood (neé Newman) and Beth Gibson from The Hot Puppies, using time off from touring to work together on an EP of minimalist soul-baring torch songs, in this case three covers and one original. Just as the Hot Puppies have moved away from indiepop, Bec and Beth are exploring their own eclectic influences.
Becky Wood could always sing: we know that from the Hot Puppies, but ‘Anyone Who Had a Heart’ shows that she has the English rose of voices, delicate but ultra-strong. Beth’s piano backing is stripped back and skeletal, the better to reveal the pulsing, bruised heart at the centre of the song. “Achingly pretty” is the only way to describe their version of the Smiths’ ‘Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me’ while their self-penned ‘French Song’ splices romance and heartbreak. They round off their record with a cover of ‘I’m Making Believe’ from the 1944 film Sweet and Low-Down, sung with a fervent longing that evokes the vocal groups of the 40s and 50s (or a Dennis Potter soundtrack). It’s a record full of blushing charm and with all the thrill of the unrequited crush, the voices so good they’d shine in the company of much lauded divas like Duffy and Adele."Soundssxp
"a great rhythmically thrashing pop racket!" - Steve Lamacq (BBC Radio1)
"My favourite band on myspace this week! Catch their primal howl!" - Bethan Elfyn (BBC RADIO 1 Introducing)