Tim Burgess/Charlatans new label launch: live review

all that taut discordant pop/noise was a bit too much for Electricity In Our Homes

all that taut discordant pop/noise was a bit too much for Electricity In Our Homes

Electricity In Our Homes
Joseph Coward
The Replicas
Tim Burgess/Charlatans new label launch:live review
Manchester
The Castle
Sept 3rd 2011

What kind of madness is this?

Why would someone like Tim Burgess with a fistful of hit records and a band that could tour for ever be bothered setting up a new label with all the money losing grief and heartache that it entails?

Maybe, just maybe, he is a music fanatic who never lost that charming fandom that he had when I first interviewed him over two decades ago. One look at his head bobbing up and down in the cool wood beamed tint backroom of manchester’s Castle pub and you know it. Burgess is still lost in the shock of the new and buzzing on the three bands he’s putting on tonight for the launch of his fantastically and oddly named O Genesis record label.

First on are the Leeds ”“ via ”“ Manchester ”“ via London duo, Replicas are set to release their debut single on the 26th of September 2011. The Replicas are two cool looking, skinny hip girls with shrapnel guitars and brilliant lo fi tunes to match. The two songs I catch cut through the dense fug and heat of the backroom with their taut swtitchblade tightness and clashing dissonance that reminds me of the recently reformed Ut but with a 21st century post Warpaint edge and spookiness that may even see them flirt dangerously with the mainstream. They have that cool yet fragile look of the perfect indie guitar band and their guitars have that perfect clipped sound.

Joseph Coward is one man and a Macbook. Again he plays a razor sharp guitar where you can hear every scratch and scrape and every intensely plucked note as it builds the skeleton backdrop for his deeply personal and poetic songs, the Macbook provides obtuse washes of sound that compliment the analogue warmth of his cheesewire guitar perfectly. The songs sounds great as well, not only impassioned but with enough song nous to make sense to the casual listener who is quickly drawn into the Essex songwriter’s complex and intense world.

Electricity In Our Homes have been raved about before on this site and since we last saw them have gone through a drastic evolution. they have shed a singer and moved up several gears and turned into my new favourite new band. Without their old singer their hand was forced and the twin boy/girl revolution vocals from Charles Boyer- guitar / vocals and Bonnie K- bass / give the band a distinct and powerful sound.

Their playing is brilliant, really tight and super scratchy, this is like a Death To trad Rock band dosed on early Postcard, a sniff of the genius of the Fire Engines and that nagular art school jazz punk pop of Dirt Wears White Sox Adam Ant and even a sniff of Syd Barrett when he was sexy and cool- yup it’s that good.

They look the part as well, like all classic songs the band with their buttoned up shirts, tight quiffs or very body shapes descibe their sound, the songs are insanely catchy and there is some amazing basswork with one bass solo leaving their Bonnie K looking shocked that it even left her hands.

I John peel was alive today he would love Electricity In Our Homes, they have that right balance of noise, great ideas, great playing and originality that he would have loved. they look young, hip and cool without looking like stuck up wankers and they sound like a 21st century take on the shrapnel guitar overload of long lost groups that should have made it decades ago but were locked out by the mainstream bores.

This time it’s different and a Franz Ferdinand style crossover is not impossible for this great band.

I look at Tim Burgess and he has the biggest Cheshire Cat grin that I’ve even seen him have…

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