Dada Swing, The Victorian English Gentleman’s Club and Jean Genet @ Club Motherfucker and The Pipettes @ Buffalo Bar, London

It is not every day you stumble into a half empty venue to find two people on stage who, between them, only wear trainers, little cycling shorts and some gaffertape in strategic places. Unfortunately, the boy/girl outfit forgot to mention what they were called. The concept may sound like a really bad idea (topless man, topless woman, bouncing on stage with inflatable guitars to a backing track whilst singing ‘what if your microphone was a penis?’), but, in fairness, whoever they were, they sounded pretty damn good! I am still worried about the woman’s, er, ligaments though! All this jumping up and down with no sports bra … deary me.

Dada Swing, on the other hand, appeared fully clothed and made one hell of a racket (think Bearsuit on speed without the cutesy stuff!). Loud guitars, shouty and screechy vocals, more loud guitars, pots, pans – marvellous!!

Tonight’s headliners, The Victorian English Gentleman’s Club, left a bit to be desired though. Their singer’s haircut was a tad too Boris Johnson for my liking, the music fairly nondescript in a pleasant, indie sort of way. Not bad, but not something that makes you go WOW.

On to the Buffalo Bar, where The Pipettes gig was already in full swing. Let’s just point out the obvious to start with: Shangri-Las, Grease and the Actionettes. Put in blender, you get The Pipettes. But, The Pipettes are actually pretty damn cool, in a bubblegum popping, milkshake swigging kind of way. A bit like a Knickerbocker Glory, very sweet, fabulous, glam, yummy, but if you have more than three, you might just feel a little bit sick! But, a throughly enjoyable gig nonetheless, these ladies sure know what they’re doing!

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6 Responses to Dada Swing, The Victorian English Gentleman’s Club and Jean Genet @ Club Motherfucker and The Pipettes @ Buffalo Bar, London

  1. Nathaniel Mehr says:

    That first act were called Jean Genet – i’ve seen them before. They are truly bizarre, and quite funny.

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