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So says 6music's webpage, so I thought I'd have a go at editing the review of the Junction Fiver which I posted last week. Hard work to pare it down so far and still talk about all 5 bands. Anyway, since I expect they won't publish it, here it is:
Junction Fiver, The Junction, Cambridge, 22/09/2005
First up was Niccokick from Sweden, followed by Alazarin from Holland. Neither of them really clicked with the audience. Perhaps because it was so small in a large room. Both 5 pieces featuring keyboards as well as guitars Niccokick had a more indie rock sound, with Alazarin having a sound reminiscent of Mogwai or Boards of Canada.
Next were Skip the Rush, also from Holland. They immediately impressed since what they had which the others lacked was presence. The lead singer had a style reminiscent a little of Jarvis Cocker, and unencumbered by a guitar he wandered round the stage, leapt off to sing over the barrier at us, jumped back up and tripped over the monitors and sat there feet in the air carrying on singing as if it were intentional. The music was in an indie-pop-rock style with vocals reminscent of Brian Molko: a comparison which has apparently been made before. They were remarkably able to cope with mishaps: as the mic got tangled up, the bass came unplugged, then the guitar, and the high-hat fell over all in the space of one track - at all points at least three of them were in control and the music was remarkably little interrupted. I'll be watching out for them in future.
Next were the Broken Family Band, known as one of the UK's best alt-country outfits, and based in Cambridge. They played a mix of old and newer songs in a crowd pleasing set. Though with crowd of locals it would have been hard not to. These guys were well worth the fiver on their own.
Unfortunately at this point much of the audience headed home, leaving very few for Moussevingt - an unusual 3 piece from Luxembourg. They combined angelically confident voices with rock guitar and bleepy electro-stuff. Their first track was the most ambitious: a cover of "My Funny Valentine". The vocals were haunting, but it felt as if all the components were at odds with each other, rather than working together. By the last track things were sounding much more polished though and I suspect with a lot more practice they could be excellent.
Overall it was a good night, though sadly let down by having such a small audience in a large room, which rather spoiled the atmosphere.