Saturday 3rd December
Vic Godard and The Subway Sect
Pete and The Pirates
@ The Magnet, Hardman St, Liverpool
Doors 7.30pm, £6adv
Vic Godard and the Subway Sect
Subway Sect developed like no other band from that era. You either loved them or loathed them. They polarised audiences and attracted admiration and horror in equal measures. But out of the chaos emerged someone whom Edwyn Collins later described as 'the best songwriter of his generation' – Vic Godard. Edwyn caught an early Sect gig when they supported The Clash on The White Riot Tour in 1977. 'We thought they were brilliant,' he recalled. 'The Clash were more like a traditional rock group, but Subway Sect made a glorious racket. We found it all very inspiring.'
Still a postman and still making great music with a re-constituted subway sect Vic is not to be missed on this rare visit to the north west
PETE AND THE PIRATES
Their music is unrelated to everything else that's going on. Their on-stage attitude is confident, almost to the point of arrogance (but in a good way). And they capture the true spirit of the bands that influence them (Modern Lovers/Velvets/New York Dolls/Voidiods), without copying their music. They have nice, bright, jangly guitars and not-so-nice, angry, (but not distorted) guitars. The vocals, supplied by Pete and Pete (surprise, surprise) are really very clever. They do all kinds of interesting things, from simple harmonies to vocal combinations that have more in common with a traditional round. The best thing about them though is that when they rock out they really rock out, but it's all about feeling and nothing to do with distortion. (artrocker)
Three girls. Drums, bass and guitar. An intro, a verse, a chorus, same again – then out. Hypnotic drums. Guitar parts and vocal lines that suggest very early Rough Trade releases and The Slits, The Raincoats, Young Marble Giants and Girls at our Best! Not to mention folky finger-in-the ear harmonies, backing vocals straight off She Loves You by the Beatles, and Beefhearty skronky guitar bits. Ace!
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