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Black Wire/Clor/Art Brut, Fabric, 15th April

May 08, 2005

There are some confused looks in the Fabric crowd tonight. A girl peers at the live bands stage for a moment before turning on her heel and asking where Jacques Le Cont is. A man next to me asks if it’s a Battle of the Bands night. A venue populated by mainly Ben Sherman shirts and glow sticks is not usually where you’d find any of Black Wire, Clor or Art Brut, but the Camden ‘Kill Em All and Let God Sort Em Out’ crew have taken over tonight. It may be messy.

Black Wire are the first to brave the stage. Their pretty boy looks win over a few of the girls and having a drum machine helps to win over some of the more dance loyal boys.

The lead singer of Clor looks creepily like Chris Martin when they released Shiver, but thankfully that’s about all they have in common. Though they’re another band with a drum machine, Clor scare many of the more curious Fabric regulars away. Dressed in leather, they’re not appealing to the fashionista crowd here either but they hardly need to, nor probably want to. Clor thunder unstoppably through the set, they do not smile, they simply throw out noise on top of noise until you have your shake your head quickly just to ground yourself again. The merciless pounding of drums and bass guitars is enough to inspire some dancing usually reserved for headbanging at office parties amongst the braver city workers.

Art Brut get the easiest option, playing after midnight there is barely a sober soul in the venue but they could have just as easily played 12 hours later to a room full of hungover heads and won just as many hearts. They won a few too many hearts possibly, an eager group of girls kept groping Eddie Argos’ groin during the set, and this was even before he ripped off his shirt. Art Brut are only one step away from having girls with banners at their gigs now.

Complete with new suits, new shirts, and a new album only weeks away, Art Brut are looking and sounding better than ever. Their next single, Emily Kane, tells of how Eddie just can’t over his girlfriend, though he hasn’t seen her in "10 years, 9 months, 3 weeks, 4 days, 6 hours, 13 minutes and 5 seconds". But as they launch into the single Eddie is on his knees, looking somewhat nervous, telling us the real Emily Kane is in the building. Maybe as an homage to teenage heartbreak songs, the set has far more "oohhs" and "aahhs"in the backing vocals than usual, giving it all a very cute 50s prom slant.

 Posted by Chris at May 8, 2005 11:09 AM |  Category: Reviews


 Trixie says:

I was there for the Jacques Le Contness I'm afraid - the man is fantastic.

We saw quite a bit of Clor though and enjoyed them. Room 2 really suited live music. I will have to hunt out some of their stuff and listen again though.

Art Brut have been very unimpressive the several times I've seen them in camden so we didn't bother. Again maybe I need to hear recorded versions....

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