Desperation a.m. blitz Henry's
Excellent gig at Henry's Cellar Bar, Edinburgh last night, featuring what Jools Holland might call 'an eclectic mix of groovy fuckers'.
First up was solo guitarist/vocalist Kirsty Kennedy, playing a short set of moody and atmospheric songs delivered with slick fretwork, at times reminiscent of P J Harvey.
Next up were Desperation a.m., a band who have evolved from seminal Edinburgh punk bands The Axidents and 4 Minute Warning into a tight, experimental rock outfit. They themselves list influences as varied as the Pixies, King Crimson, Wire and (given their name) Gang of Four. Another short set featured a cover of Ultravox (Foxx-era) 'Maximum Acceleration' and Brian Eno's 'Baby's on Fire'.
Shock and Awe produced their trademark punk pop assault, delivered with their customary mix of enthusiasm, humour and rock n' roll hookery. Their song about falling in love with a suicide bomber is an impudent homage to their musical heroes, The Ramones.
The headliners were The Nanobots. Unfortunately this reviewer had shot the craw by then.