A Crushing Death & Grief concoction:
LET'S WRESTLE + PIFCO + tbc
Thu 28th Apr @ The Portland Arms, Chesterton Rd, Cambridge
8pm, £4 adv
Scrappy Londoners Let’s Wrestle are a classic power-trio with a bit of a Swell Maps-meets-Hefner vibe. Named after a David Shrigley book, the three lads seem to be mostly influenced by all those classic US bands of the 80s and 90s – like Hüsker Dü, Dinosaur Jr., Fugazi, Pavement, Yo La Tengo – but with a clear nod to the Flying Nun scene, and the very British nigglingness of Wire. They hit the Portland in advance of the release of their second LP, “Nursing Home” (Full Time Hobby / Merge), recorded with that Steve Albini.
Pifco are a relentless kraut-garage duo from Harehills, Leeds, suitable for appreciators of Coachwhips and The Fall. Mary drums tenaciously whilst providing serious keyboard squelch at the same time. All the while Stevsie digs at his Rickenbacker and barks out brusque but kind-of hummable melodies. They’ve got a couple of albums out on Run Of The Mill, both of which are ace.