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Reviewed on 3rd March 2004.

 
 

Vinyl Beat

Live at Joseph's Well on Saturday, 28th February 2004

Tonight's openers, Leeds three-piece Kenosha, are named after the place where Happy Days was filmed. This All-American influence has clearly permeated their musical influences as well, with their sound highly reminiscent of Queens of the Stone Age at their "Rated R" peak. Added to this, the frontman is a spooky composite of both Beck Hansen and "Hmm Bop" Hanson, further reinforcing the Uncle Sam influence.

Regrettably, second song of the night, "One Descenter" is taken too literally by the resident drunk, who clambers onto the stage to give his rendition of "Girls on Film, " only changing the words to "boys, boys boys." Undeterred, the band quickly launches into "Good Things," borrowing prime era Oasis feedback (Columbia) to compliment the energetically tight drum rhythms. Technically proficient, the band perform with real vigour and composed purpose to the scandalously below strength crowd. The drums continue to be the focus of the group's energies, with the army style drum solo during set closer "On the road" evoking the raw power and passion of Rocket From The Crypt.

Although their generic style does begin to grate, with many of the burgeoning harmonies subdued by a mistimed inclination to hit the RAWK button, tonight's performance suggests Kenosha have the desire and importantly the ability to progress. Happy Days indeed.

Tonight's unexpected headliners, after hotly tipped Sydney funkers Gerling dropped out, are fellow Leeds four-piece Vinyl Beat. Despite having one of the best names around, the band fail to develop their set beyond the 'White Lightning' induced feel of a sixth form ball.

The tentative bass playing sets the style and standard for the night, with the promptings of the musically accomplished lead, Tom Melia on keyboard, guitar and vocals, unable to raise the tempo. Unfortunately, the highlight of the night is the tight rendition of "Fell in Love with a Girl," performed with real energy and vitality, sadly missing from the bands own material. Further covers of early Ash and White Album Beatles ably display the band's acute influences, yet by the end of the Pixies "Where is my mind," the band are unfortunately more suited to soundtrack a night at the local Youth club. The bold covers only serve to reinforce the non-descript functioning of their own material, suffering from an over studious focus on each instrument, unable to develop their own personal sound.

It can only be hoped that a fuller and less obsequious sound will come with age, bringing with it a more relaxed and defined personality. Right now, the lasting impression of the band is similar to a drunken fumble behind the school bike shed, merely hinting at what could be in store should we stick around long enough.

 

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On 3rd March 2004 at 13:46 Anonymous 481 wrote...

Thanks for the review(Beck/Hanson man here) although I don't quite understand it. Is it good or bad? or both?

 

On 3rd March 2004 at 13:53 Dave LMS wrote...

My interpretation of the Kenosha review was that it was good

 

On 3rd March 2004 at 14:15 Anonymous 481 wrote...

Oh good, I just didn't understand some of the words. It may be because I am a bit simple. Cheers Dave

 

On 3rd March 2004 at 14:28 Anonymous 1806 wrote...

hi beck/hanson man. i thought kenosha were pretty good on sat, just went a bit awol with the rock sometimes, but pretty tight overall. andy

 

On 3rd March 2004 at 14:37 Anonymous 481 wrote...

Cheers Andy, thanks for the explanation

 
 
 

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