Live. The Computers

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Live. The Computers
With The Tuts and The Dead Formats
At The 100 Club, London. Wednesday 8th May 2013

The Computers new album, Love Triangles, Hate Squares might be more concerned with decadent swing. However, live the Exeter quintet still knows how to land the punches.

The Tuts are an equally boisterous affair. With the tropical abandon of indie darlings coupled with rumbling punk bite, the all-girl trio attack without fear. Their relentless bursts of chipper fury are broken up with playful taunts. Scribbled onto the ceiling of the blokes toilet is the phrase “Punk ain’t just music. It’s a fuck ‘em all mindset.” While no one in The Tuts can see this message, it’s an   idea that they’ve clearly written into their hearts.

The Dead Formats don’t waste time in throwing punches. Bludgeoning the room with walls of garage punk, they simply don’t let up. Hungry and pointed, the Essex six-piece drive their show with raucous aggression. Taking the spirit of punk but cutting it with other great British movements, The Dead Formats educate and celebrate. Northern Soul, Britpop and Rock ‘n’ Roll all take centre stage, albeit slathered in punk. By looking to the past, The Dead Formats look set to have a glorious future. Their present is also pretty damn impressive.

Playing soulful Rock ‘n’ Roll with the hardcore mindset that comes so easily to The Computers sounds like a step too far. Madness. Opening with Bring Me The Head Of A Hipster, The Computers start as they mean to go on. A declaration of bold intent and driving groove.

The energetic opening merely acts as a warning, as the pace of the evening increases as the show goes on. Love Triangles, Hate Squares, Selena Chinese and Disco Sucks are all dispatched with criminal precision and buoyant uprisings. Music Is Dead closes the main set and comes close to instigating a full blown riot, as lead singer, Alex Kershaw parts the room like a disco Moses. With equal holy power, a cover of Train In Vain by The Clash brings a touch of history to proceedings during a punchy and emotional three-song encore.

The Computers deal in good times. Their garage party has spread into the street and, with jubilant swagger and pelvic drive, commands a beautiful coming together. The band land blow after blow and it’s hard to tell who’s having the better time, them or us. The Computers aren’t going down swinging, they’re getting down, swinging. So grab a hand and join in.

Read my review of Love Triangles, Hate Squares here.

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~ by justdip on 09/05/2013.

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