I believe I may have mentioned this to some people on Friday night, however I am assisting in running the following:
SMALLTOWN AMERICA & THE LUMINAIRE PRESENTS:
a Christmas benefit gig in aid of Shelter
Tuesday 20th December 2005
307-311 Kilburn High Road
London NW6 7JR
Tickets: Â£4 advance (http://www.wegottickets.com/event/7715) / Â£5 on the door, all proceeds go to Shelter.
The Young Playthings:
A special Weezer-ish brew of twisting, stripped-back janglepop punk with an unmatched ability to sharply and hilariously observe life's nuances and wedge them between your brain wrinkles using impossibly infectious guitar music. Think Modest Mouse meets Pavement meets Bruce Springsteen and The Shadows.
Angular riffs, scuttling rhythms, crooned, tormented vocals, and very unique arrangements. Formerly The German Exchange, this suave London based five piece 'gentleman rock band' have drawn comparisons with Roxy Music, David Bowie and Television.
With explosions of non-linear guitars and anti-melodies with the energy and economy of Hot Snakes, Minutemen and At The Drive-In, the Exeter trio will be drawing from thier recent 'We Are The Octagonists' album for a frantic, fraught and refined take on all things post-punk and post-hardcore, proving that you don't need a bass player to make music you can both dance and fight to.
Have arrived just in time to stop pop from becoming a dirty word. With shades of Dexys, XTC, Talking Heads and fellow townsmen Blur, they strike a blow against the homogeneity of the charts and the carbon-copy posturing of too-cool-for-school indie boys. Ambitious, charming, pretension-free and with a dash of beguiling innocence, your sister will want to shag them, your mum will want to have them round for tea. And probably shag them.
Come, drink, be merry - it's a cracking lineup (I had no hand in it, I speak honestly) and it's all for a good cause, and it would be ACE to see some of you people there!