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Saturday, January 27th, 2018
The Distractions-One of the great lost bands of the New Wave era (Blurt magazine. USA)The Distractions in the late 70s and early 80s were very well known on the post-punk music scene. They released records on the TJM, Factory, Island and Rough Trade labels to excellent reviews, as well as sharing bills with Joy Division, The Buzzcocks, Echo and the Bunnymen, The Fall, The Members, Squeeze and many others. They played all corners of the UK and Ireland as well as doing gigs in New York before splitting up.David Hepworth described their debut album, Nobody's Perfect as, An enchanting and vaguely disturbing collection of vulnerable pop***Last year two of the original members, vocalist Mike Finney and drummer Alex got together with some friends after being asked to play at a memorial gig for Manchester punk legend John the Postman. It went down so well they decided to continue as a live act playing their singles as well as songs from the album Nobody's PerfectKajiki Volt-Post punk through a surf guitar- garage punk lens, think a more frenetic Gun Club via Magazine,shades of Gallon Drunk and the sorely missed Penthouse too. great tunes interesting arrangements, played with conviction. Fab Desert Falls-An eminantly danceable melange of of Folk, Klezmer, high life and surf played by an (sort-of) allstar indie-alt cast of Dom Green (Penny Orchids), and featuring Caz Hellbent (Desperate Journalist, Yeah And She Has Red Lips Too), Jasper Future (Art Brut), Phil Whaite (Penny Orchids, Thee Faction), Tom Harrison (Penny Orchids), Ellie Khan & Shona Macmillan (Rebekah Delgado band), Lucy Morgan & Melissa Reardon (Thee Faction), and Andy Cooper (Cursors). Fab Wah Wah Club- Good 'ol indie pop with a high melody quotient hooks a plenty, trace elements of Vaccines but pretty much their own sound, great stuff.