Hooker / The A-Lines / The Priscillas - Infinity

In the genteel surroundings of the heart of London's West End, nestled snuggly within Saville Row and row upon row of designer shops, where immaculately dressed, portly shop managers waddle home from a hard days measuring, looking forward to perhaps a small tot of whisky before dinner is served at eight sharp, here you will find, if you look hard enough on a Tuesday night, the Club Motherfucker. Tonight, Club Motherfucker was the spiritual home of three rather tasty bands, all worthy of your consideration.

First up, and relatively new to the scene, were The Priscillas. A four piece of very noisy lady's who you will hear more about in the coming months. Sadly, the set was not long enough to get a full flavour of what they offer, lasting only about 25 minutes or so, but they play a fine sounding mix of melodic punk and rock, that sounded just different enough to be distinctive and memorable and left us wanting a little more. Happily, if you like the sound of that, they are playing a headline slot at Gossip's (69-70 Dean Street, Soho) on the 6th February. There will be a review.

If The Priscillas are fairly new, then the A-Lines (pictured) can rightly enough be considered veterans. A list of the bands that the collective members have been in reads like a list of who's who in the garage punk world; The Stuck-Ups, Thee Headcoatees (the female opposite of Billy Childish's The Headcoates), The would-be-goods, Mambo Taxi and The Family Way are just a few. A sort of super group, then, if you will, of the Chatham swamp rock sound if that's not too hideous an image to consider.

Luckily, the A-Lines are a phenomenal live band. They have many blessings, not least in the shape of lead singer, Kyra who, along with a mighty voice, is one of those vocalists who uses her entire body to sing. Gesticulating around the stage like some sort of deranged spinning top, she manages to elevate the bands performance into the realms of performance art. Spitting out the lyrics and contorting like an eel, she's a born performer as are the rest of the band.

Musically, the band are a wonderfully heady mix of 60's rock, punk mixed with a sense of the sublime. There's something of the innocence of the 70's about them, not least evoked by their sparkly costumes but there are spaces in the songs where the guitar noise oscillates at just the right sort of frequency to evoke that feeling of the epic. It's sublime, thrilling, spectacular and addictive, this noise of theirs. The A-Lines are, quite simply, a superb rock 'n' roll outfit. You know they are doing this 'cos they love it, for the sheer fun of it. It's contagious and you won't fail to have a good time listening to them. Have a look at their quite comprehensive website here, where you can download some nice MP3's and look at some pictures and stuff. If you fancy catching them live, they're supporting the Buff Medways at (where else?) The Dirty Water Club (Tufnell Park) on Friday 23rd January and what a great night that promises to be.

Headliners Hooker are something of a mystery. How on earth do three people manage to make such a mighty noise? There's only one guitarist, but it sounds like there's ten of them. And the drums, he’s pounding the shit out of them like they just had to die. Manchester based, they've already picked up something of a cult following and fully deserving of it they are as well. Loud, fast, melodic and aggressive, if you like your music of this ilk, then you will probably find much to like here. The riffs are heavy and the vocals loud. They are quite infectious as well, with memorable riffs and a great end to the night. Well worth catching if you get the chance.

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