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‘Au or Gold’, Banjo or Freakout at The Macbeth, London

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Photo ripped from BOF myspace – credited to Elly

Banjo or Freakout are an unmistakably vital live group currently doing the rounds in London’s clubs.  On record, there’s a lush restrained, tense thing going on, but live, the whole thing’s exploding out.  Peaking levels oozing forth from a couple of SP555s, overdriven guitar -made-alien through a bank of stomp boxes, insistently pounding drums, like a Native American drum circle, and the abstract swirl of Natalizia’s super-delayed vocals.  Go see these after one of these hot summer days.  They will make your evening.  This is THE summer.  Pure goldsounds.  Au.

p.s. New record out too…

It’s called ‘Upside Down’

http://halfmachinerecords.bigcartel.com/product/banjo-or-freakout-upside-down-12

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‘Everything forever’, Mi Ami at The Macbeth, London

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Photo ripped from Mi Ami myspace (location/ photographer unknown)

Last night Mi Ami played at The Macbeth on Hoxton Street, taking in a London stop on their Euro tour.  After a tentative start (which through no fault of their own included a badly behaved mic stand that appeared to have been possessed by the spirit of a Harold Lloyd prop, Fantasia-style, spinning around away from wherever it needed it to be), Mi Ami, took the gathered crowd at The Macbeth, primed their minds with intricate little polyrhythms, slicked the whole affair up with heavy bass, distracting their bodies into relaxing, spaced things out with heavily delayed sharp guitar clank, and delivered the sucker punch of brilliantly sore throat inducing androdgyvox.  The audience was so wowed and thirsty for more, they found it impossible to just let the band go home and rest their weary limbs.  A number of encores ensued, and the amicable three-piece were kind enough to oblige and attempt to quench the thirst.  Of course, these attempts were equivalent to pouring petrol on a fire to put it out… the more they played, the more they were wanted.  Absolutely brilliant.  Carved out a (deep) space and drew us all in.  This was a mind blowing show.  Pure Energie.  Try and catch them before the venues are too big for the intensity of the experience available at cosy spaces like this place.

In the meantime… buy EVERYTHING before it sells out FOREVER.  Everything.  Stoke this flame.  Bring them back to the UK.  Picked a few up at the show and they are lush looking/feeling/sounding things.  New vinyl excitingly titled “Techno 1.1” due soon too on Hoss Records…http://www.myspace.com/miamiamiami

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Oh, and here’s a clip of their penultimate encore song…