Damnably is proud to present 90's legends Versus playing a very rare UK show.
w/ plaided (from Vienna, Austria) and smallgang (Damnably) in support +
At The Lexington
96-98 Pentonville Road,
http://www.ticketweb.co.uk/user?query=s … 7&y=13
Versus are a cult American indie rock band formed in 1990 in New York City playing their first UK show since 1996!
The band released their sixth album 'on the ones and threes' on Merge records in 2011 to critical acclaim and are in the UK at the behest of JEFF MANGUM (NEUTRAL MILK HOTEL) for ATP.
Richard and Fontaine were to remain the two core members throughout the band's history. The band was noted for their marriage of indie pop songwriting and vocal harmonies to the "loud-soft" dynamics of grunge and alternative rock. They were also noted for their proficient and disciplined musicianship and for their credo of "meat, sports and rock", neither of which had much currency in the early 1990s American indie scene. They named themselves after the Mission of Burma album Vs.
Versus has counted at least one, usually two and sometimes three of the Filipino-American Baluyut brothers as members throughout its existence, and was perhaps the most prominent example of a wave of American indie bands emerging in the early 1990s which featured Asian American members. Merge Records was Versus' most recent record label, although they have maintained a long involvement with TeenBeat Records, and released two CDs through Caroline Records in the mid 1990s.
The band makes an appearance in the 1994 cult roadmovie Half-cocked.
"In some ways, Versus were the quintessential indie rock band. Versus' growth throughout the decade, from mawkish noise-popists beholden to their underground-approved influences (on 1993's The Stars Are Insane) to mature, reliable, genre-bounding songwriters (on 2000's Hurrah) mirrors the growth, for better or worse, of the genre as a whole. The group's two Caroline Records releases-- 1996's Secret Swingers, and 1998's Two Cents Plus Tax-- sound as close as most any other records to a definitive indie rock sound"
Pitchfork 6.3-'one the ones and threes'
smallgang are a half-japanese London based quartet fronted by two lead guitar toting baritone voiced brothers that have been making a name for themselves with volcanic live shows exploding tight poppy post-punk with effortless complexity and crazed solo's.
Gideon Co BBC 6musice: “rather good”
Artrocker: “deceptively deadpan songs often mutate into noisy but controlled thrashing. (Cockpit) is a particularly fine tune.”
God Is In The TV: “certain clockwork precision, howls of guitar noise over angular melodies, with two vocalists lending either an arch-Neil Hannon vibe on songs like Cockpit or a touch of Ian Curtis on others. “
"This charismatic female due from Austria plays proper indie music. Think K Records circa the early 1990’s or the current crop of Kill Rock Stars rosta with a European twist and you’d be on the right track." -paul waller, waller not weller
http://fettkakao.bandcamp.com/album/peo … -every-day
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