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‘Chrome bright’ – Telepathe at Catch 22, London


Melissa Livaudais


Telepathe's Busy Gangnes


Punters at last night’s No Pain in Pop & Eat Your Own Ears show at Shoreditch’s Catch 22, were in for a treat from the newly (temporarily?) guitar-guy-less Telepathe.  Leaned down to a two-girl live unit, they in short, absolutely nailed it…


The bunker-like upstairs of Catch, complete with a hefty club-style soundsystem was perfectly suited to their electrified future pop jams.  Apparently, they were “this close to getting deported” earlier that day according to Melissa Livaudais’ pre-set banter.  Luckily for the heaving, beat-thirsty crowd, they managed to evade that fate to bring the noise and temporarily thaw a freezing East London night with a high volume, and bass-heavy set.


“We were this close to getting deported…”


In characteristic style, the two Brooklynites blazed through their songs in a refreshingly no-nonsense manner, Busy Gangnes standing tranced out over her minimal drum set, pounding out polyrhythms, whilst Melissa got all electric B-girl on the mic, firing up the crowd.  An amazing show from Telepathe.
The No Pain in Pop DJs did an amazing job of further seeing off the sudden freeze outside with some choice shuffly electronics getting an airing. Namely the Jamie Vex’d remix of Scuba’s Twitch, bursting forth from the speakers like the mutant lovechild of Flying Lotus and Oval.  There’s some amazing stuff coming out of suburban laptops on both sides of the Atlantic these days.  Seems that the future’s here & it’s looking chrome bright.


Roll on February & the release of  Telepathe’s full length, Dance Mother.


Photographs courtesy of Namestage on Flickr.
Full set here

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