Alternative music reviews

October 14, 2006

Beware Men In Dresses

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I found myself in The Cellar Bar in Oxford which is, guess what, a bar in a cellar. A small venue but I prefer it that way and with pints of beer for £1.50 I was in my element. The opening band was Diatribe and they started off really well with an instrumental that had variation and some bites of Post-Rock power clearly conducted by the bassist. I was less impressed with when the singer joined in, not because he was a bad singer but the quality of the music wasn’t up to the opener. A couple of nice songs though.

The band I went to see were The Fourth Chamber. Three guitars, one bass, and a drummer. All of them can play as well. The music is slacker alternative with more than a brief nod towards grungey American music. One special thing about them is the singer who can hold an audience and play with them. They are still a work in progress but they make a great noise.

The revelation was King Furnace. If you remember the rhythmic jerks of The Knack’s My Sharona then it might give you an idea of King Furnace’s style. They are just so tight musically that it’s shocking. Not a note or a percussive hit out of place. And the nervous energy of the singer was a wonder to behold. The music is a sort of alt-funk-rock, perfect for jerking around to. When it is delivered with such verve and confidence in a dark club, you realise you are in the presence of something special.

“You’re the strange ones,” the singer said when heckled. “You are out on a Thursday night to watch a man in a dress.” They made me smile, laugh, and really enjoy the night. I recommend doing whatever you have to do to see them live. Apparently ebay is a good place to sell Grandmothers.


  1. Shit, how much can you get for a Grandmother? Bugger if I’d known that I’d be at The Zodiac tonight see KF again instead of stuck in Nan sitting!

    Comment by Em — October 24, 2006 @ 8:17 pm

  2. Looks to me like ebay have banned the sale of elderly relatives – damn, I’ve still got a few left.

    Comment by Cool Noise — October 25, 2006 @ 9:10 pm

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