Brix & The Extricated + STOOR + The Cathode Ray

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Beat Generator, Dundee
Brix & The Extricated + STOOR + The Cathode Ray

Brix & The Extricated
The Cool Cat Club misspent its kitten years going to see The Fall in the second half of the 80s and the early 90s, years when the band were arguably at its absolute creative peak. Brix Smith-Start, along with Stephen and Craig Hanley, Steve Trafford and Jason Brown don’t merely resurrect those glory days but drag them kicking and screaming into the 21st century with a set drawing on The Fall songs they helped compose along with excellent new songs. The performances are brilliant, full of energy and a beautiful raw power. They may be older and wiser, as both Brix and Stephen’s excellent autobiographies show but they still know how to batter and seduce an audience with fine, fine sounds.

‘These are great songs and they have new life breathed into them by this well drilled unit who play them with a passion and commitment and intensity that was always part of the Fall band at any given point. Even Mark E’s sister seems to be nodding with approval in the packed house.

The key is the new songs and there are many of them in the wings. The new song in the encore is, perhaps, the high point of the set and a real inkling that the best is yet to come – a grinding bass and great vocal this is a great moment that proves that the back catalogue is just the door of perception and the new stuff will be the proof and making of the band.’

Louder Than War

Support comes from the excellent Dundee quartet STOOR who have recently signed to Stereogram records and whose wonderful debut album will be re-released later this year.

‘So there we have it, STOOR’s debut album. It’s pretty off-the-wall, intense and utterly wonderful. As I’ve alluded to earlier, they have their influences but are pretty much one of a kind as well. I’m not sure where they fit in with the current music world, I’m not sure they would really want to fit in anyway. Who would buy this album? Well, if you like your music challenging but accessible, inventive but melodic then I’d thoroughly recommend this delightful album to you. I know it’s only May but this is my album of 2015 so far and it’s going to have to be something special to topple this one from that slot.’

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