Live. Dingus Khan

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Live. Dingus Khan
With. The Diamond Noise and Bad For Lazarus
18th April 2013. The Borderline, London.

You can tell a lot from a name. The judgements and success within the music industry can often be put down to a memorable name. With that in mind, you have to look at Dingus Khan with the tilted head of confusion. If they ever decide to make ‘Carry On Mongol Empire’ you can bet that Genghis will have a foolhardy younger brother called Dingus who spends the duration of the film getting into ridiculous situations. Dingus Khan have also got themselves into a potentially ridiculous situation with three bassists, three drummers and a strict ‘asylum-escapee’ uniform. Fortunately that’s a clever script behind Dingus Khan’s unique brand of ramshackle brilliance.

With another telling name, The Diamond Noise provide a cutting shimmer to kick off proceedings. Blending a pointed urgency alongside a spirited resonation, the London four-piece charm as they connect. The band sway between two musical stylings. There’s the assured swing of eighties rock which relishes in the pairing of flamboyant excess against howling choruses. Then there’s the capital relocation of desert rock. Growling with acidity and sounding like Queens Of The Stone Age if they had to travel on the District Line, The Diamond Noise provide both escapism and home comforts.

Bad For Lazarus don’t give much away with their name. However their music leaves nothing wanting. Swinging against a fuzzy backdrop of guitar-led pop, the London five-piece wrap themselves in a ball of their own skipping fantasy. Psycadelic infused rock normally courts the madcap but Bad For Lazarus long since married that idea and are now comfortably growing old alongside it. Crashing about the stage and taking the room on a jaunty blues trip, the band are a constant variable of excitable riffs and all- consuming jams. They might be Bad For Lazarus but they’re good for the soul.

While the eight Essex men that make up Dingus Khan may be up for laugh, their musical prowess is anything but comedy. Balancing a huge number of instruments yet making the sound deliberate and angular, Dingus Khan are versed in both excess and refrain. Acapella harmonies and tambourine assaults flow with the same raucous abandon as the frenzied riffs and hungry breakdowns that litter the set. The lyrics are a bizarre mix of irrelevance and harrowing poetry, while the vocal delivery bounds between Johnny Rotten and Damon Albarn. Dingus Khan may not be a Hollywood blockbuster but the genius of the pantomime is a life-affirming affair. Made A List comes with zils and whistles, Ambulance, a madcap dace routine and Knifey Spoony entices boisterous singalongs. While Dingus Khan is not a name you’ll want for your children, it is a name you’ll want to remember. Carry On punky genius.

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~ by justdip on 24/04/2013.

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