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Reviewed on 1st September 2003.


Mystique / Sex 4 Sale

By Smilex

Smilex are from Oxford. They're inventive and spirited and should do a fizzing stir-fry of set at the Royal Park Cellars when they come to Leeds on November 1st. "Mystique" is the top song. It rips of with a disabled version of the Las' Big Riff and stutters along with totally convincing Make-Up style vocals and some punky rhythm section mayhem. It even hurls in one of those screaming naddler naddler naddler naddler four triplets to the bar "hey I can really play the guitar!" lines. Excellent.

After that things wander off in the general direction of the Rock Hall of Shame with plenty to listen to along the way. I find myself thinking "This isn't bad" but it could easily come from a South Park episode with Sex 4 Sale's slightly infantile sexy poo poo lyrics. "Piece of your ass" and "foxy lady" are pretty much beyond parody or irony these days ... it just sounds a bit dumb. US hip hop pimp-a-long stuff has seriously torched anyone else's attempts at depravity shock value. But the three remaining tracks make the point that the band really have got loads of good ideas and styles and that they have the bottle to chuck 'em all into the set. They call themselves glam/punk/rock but ignore that. They're Nu Metal with a bit of sleaze worn right there on the sleeve, a great vocalist in Lee Christian and some serious potential on the ideas front. When they stop trying to be nearly as good as Marilyn Mansun they should be pretty damn good in their own right.

Lyric Alert: one line gets a massive 10 out of 10 on the Totally Shit Use of Americana Scale with "They smacked my ass / and sent me out of class" or something similar. I mean just how many teachers in Oxford smack asses? Are we talking donkeys or arses? Either way it sounds illegal rather than spiteful.



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On 22nd September 2003 at 22:39 Dave LMS wrote...

Having seen Smilex live twice now, I would recommend the RPC gig in November!


On 22nd September 2003 at 22:59 Anonymous 251 wrote...

Awesome. Absoloutely awesome.


On 22nd September 2003 at 23:06 Anonymous 7 wrote...

This is interesting - I've seen Smilex twice too. The first time was at The Casbah in Sheffield while I was on tour with Xilast Easter. I was so horrified that I left the tour the next night in order to be at Smilex's RPC show to do a damage limitation exercise.

In fact - they were excellent at RPC & I had no hesitation in booking a return show.

So never make snap judgements!


On 23rd September 2003 at 09:49 Anonymous 13 wrote...

Blimey, looks like I got one right for a change!


On 23rd September 2003 at 19:25 Anonymous 251 wrote...

Sam, I'm sure the cd is good but you MUST see this band live. Every promoter/soundman/venue manager will be in fear of their equipment being ruined I guess but they have great tunes and just simply rock.


On 26th September 2003 at 18:04 Anonymous 856 wrote...

We [a destructive issue] are openin for SmileX @ RPC (Sat 1st Nov). sounds like its gonna be a good night! we're lookin forward to it as we aint played there before


On 29th September 2003 at 01:15 Anonymous 291 wrote...

You'll love it. Smilex are fuckin incredible. See you there.


On 30th October 2003 at 19:33 Anonymous 856 wrote...

See SmileX TONIGHT at RPC ably supported by The Tennessee Traincrash and ADI [a destructive issue].

This message was last edited on 01/11/03 8.20:19


On 1st November 2003 at 08:22 Anonymous 856 wrote...

We [a destructive issue] are on at 8.00pm - hope you can make it!



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