The Tommys and ¡Forward Russia!Edit this event
Eclecticism is a good thing, so a bit of mix'n'match when compiling the bill for a good old stop/start rave-up should be applauded. Sometimes though, those choices end up being baffling, although thankfully not always to the detriment of the artists concerned.
Take The Tommys for example, an all-girl four piece from Crewe who would probably have been more at home opening for the likes of McFly or Girls Aloud than here. Musically and aesthetically, they're like Green Day after a sex change and a six month re-appraisal at some beautician's country health farm. They sing songs about going out with boys and breaking up with them again and when singer Jessica Bell announces 'The Day The Whole World Turned Chav' as being "about your worst nightmare", the scenesters turn their backs on them in disgust while those of us with a more open mind sympathise by way of a mere wrong place-wrong time riposte.
Next up are Tera:Tora, a band who have been tipped by so many as being one of the brightest hopes for 2006. 20 seconds into their first "song" and my immediate reaction is to check the date on my watch doesn't say April 1st, as someone somewhere is clearly taking the piss. As with fellow "just to be scene"-sters Test-Icicles, Tera:Tora are another example of style over substance, as their shouty-shouty-splutter into nowhere punk/funk crossover sounds like a less interesting We Are Scientists minus any semblance of a tune. Still, the drummer was good, if a little wasted by him being in this band.
Thankfully, there are no such qualms to be raised about !Forward Russia!. Watching this band grow steadily over the past year from bedsit practice room anonymity to the verge of potentially huge commercial success has been a joy to behold, as their mangled no holds barred genre bending exercises in all things chaotically loud threatens to take over Chris Moyles and co.'s airspace in the coming months.
With each song being titled in numerical order as to when it was written - there's no room for the preposterous pomposity of 'Whiter Shade Of Pale' or 'Total Eclipse Of The Heart' in the !FR! songbook - even the initially confusing aspect of devising such a simplistic way of christening your work is beginning to pay dividends. When Tom Woodhead announces the next song as 'Four', half a dozen people let out a cry of "Electric car!" back. More than anything it is Woodhead's onstage mannerisms that make !Forward Russia! such compelling viewing, with more double-jointed twists and turns than an over-used Rubik's Cube and a propensity to physically throttle himself with his microphone lead throughout.
Even more alarming is the thought of !Forward Russia! writing a ballad, which is precisely what 'Sixteen' - given one of it's first ever airings this evening - turns out to be. And more to the point, it's absolutely stunning, possibly their 'So Here We Are' or 'Modern Way', providing further proof that this band are more than just one trick ponies for pretentious scene dwellers to cling on to while waiting for the next bandwagon to arrive.
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