Gig Review: Fawn Spots + Features and The Bodies @ Dalston Birthdays – 10/03/2015

Fawns 8 cond. Tonight at Birthdays we are served up with a bill that brilliantly demonstrates the broad church that indie has become…
Mark K on three bands that are still becoming but have a hell of a lot going for them right now…

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Bodies 1 adj Tonight at Birthdays we are served up with a bill that brilliantly demonstrates the broad church that indie has become. First up we have the energetic post punk of The Bodies. They are faithful to their chosen genre to the extent that it is like walking back into 1979. Which is no bad thing if you weren’t there the first time round! Bodies 3 adj
That’s not to say that it isn’t well done. The band is tight and powerful, and the singer looks suitably bored when he isn’t singing his undeniably intelligent lyrics. The last song could almost be The Angelic Upstarts.

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It would be lazy to compare next act Feature to the likes of Throwing Muses and Sleater-Kinney, but they are valid comparisons!

Feature are an all female power trio with pop smarts. Songs tend to clock in at a minute or so, and have killer melodies and Beatle-esque harmonies. This is candy-coated power pop you can mosh to. Has anybody got around to signing this lot??? If not, why not?!!! Features 7 adj
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Headliners Fawn Spots are a mix of a heavier Husker Du and Bob Mould’s later band Sugar, and hail from York. They come on like the Ramones on speed, but with oceans more reverb on the vocals. The band are razor sharp and tighter than a hangman’s noose.

Fawn 5 adj However, they do have slower, more tuneful moments, in Sugar mode if you like. The singer is oddly reminiscent of Josh Homme, having a similar level of passion and commitment. Fawn 7 adj
My only criticism of this band is that some songs sound like their predecessors, which is not ideal. However, if you like it loud, they’re a good night out.

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So we had three good bands but, for me, Features carried the night.

Mark Kelly