Archie Bronson Group / The Bloody Hollies / Comanechi - Buffalo Bar

Comanechi are well on form tonight, and it's Akiko's birthday, which explains the mysterious cake that's sitting on the speaker as they perform. We are happy to report that Akiko makes a good a cake as she does a drummer/singer. If you've seen Comanechi before, (review here) you'll know how good she is. If you haven't, then Akiko's raw tribal sounding pounding is perfectly complimented by her naked, emotional vocals and Simon's primal, bruising guitar sounds. They compliment each other perfectly. They produce an instantly accessible yet deep and intense sound that's thoroughly addictive. They've come on leaps and bounds since we reviewed them first, and are now operating as a tight a unit as you can imagine. Old favorites such as 'My Favorite Shoes' and 'Naked' are delivered with style and panache and new songs, like 'I knew' (which is about Akiko having her hair combed) fit into the set perfectly. A killer unit, quirky, fun, brilliant and utterly, utterly mad.

The Bloody Hollies are not exactly sane, either, but in a different way. This is the sort of band that the Artrocker night here was made for. A three-piece in matching shirts and ties and thrashing away like a fish out of water. The bassist is particularly lively, cavorting around the stage like a caged Angus Young, gurning and pounding and generally exploding in front of us. Their liveliness is infectious and more than makes up for the fact that they could be described as slightly generic. It's standard, pumped-up rock'n'blues riffs but, as we say, delivered with such a sense of occasion and delight that you won't be able to stop yourself from loving them. Songs like 'Tired Of This Shit' with its pure punk attitude and rolling riffs stand out a mile. Excellent.

The Archie Bronson Outfit are as good, but in a thoroughly different way. This is an intense, moody band that's the flip side to The Bloody Hollies rock approach. Whereas the Hollies produce instantly nod-able (and a harsh critic could add 'disposable') riffs and beats, the Bronson's deliver thick, massive lumps of songs that force you to listen. It's possible to miss much of the brilliance if you don't pay attention here. The riffs are fast and so dense they merge into one, long, wonderful guitar sound, broken into angles and lines. The Archie Bronson Band is a solid diamond of a group - Hard, impenetrable and beautiful. You'd imagine them to be addictive, also, as once seen you won't forgot them. A brilliant climax to a evening of highs.

Free entry can be obtained to all Artrocker gigs that happen on a Tuesday at the Buffalo Bar simply by visiting the Artrocker website and registering as a member. It’s easier than falling off a log and completely free.

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