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David Bowie’s The Glass Spider Tour is increasingly and infamously considered a career dip but around that time multiple instrument and multi-lingual Turkish musical maistro Erdal Kizilkay became one of his band members. He has “continued the tour” reforming as The Glass Spider Band.

One’s expectations were lowered because of how the media chorus denigrates that tour and its album, Never Let Me Down plus a personal distaste for any kind of “tribute show”: not after having experienced the real thing is a memory I do not want added to, thanks. Interpretation and covers are different. They must have a rationale beyond travesty. It takes extraordinary musical ability to bare comparison to, or sound as good as that.

After a late afternoon screening of Bowie movie Labyrinth, and a very Bowie DJ set from a Bowie specialist DJ, A bowler hatted cockney lanky gent appears in sparkling blue Legendary Soho character Phil Dirtbox started with the a couple of songs from the 60s and then lurched into the 70s. He could do that sort of walk a cross between clown parody and a malicious stalker with accentuated knee bends, his Antony Newley accent sounded great for the two sixties numbers, but he murdered Ziggy Stardust far too early in the night, it was not clear if this was meant as parody or as genuine art genius that I am too narrow in my specific tastes to absorb. I accept, it is probably both. On keyboards was Mick Ronson’s niece.

This was the musical interlude to fairly safe interview easy going interview with Erdal Kazilcay and his role as a Bowie collaborator. He is one of the more outrageous and adventurous bass guitar players treating it like upright double bass at times exploding with jazz spontaneity. He and Richard Cottle on keyboards were part of the original Glass Spider band. Another DJ interlude and then The Glass Spider set was about to start. By this stage of the evening my expectations had been lowered somewhat but then Erdal attacked his strings and the band came in over the Glass Spider poem opening the show, and a new atmosphere was formed.

And then the lead singer Simon Westbrook appeared, not floating from the ceiling as Bowie did to open the show. Westbrook appeared from the dark gleaming in a crimson suit as he opened with the song lyric “Don’t you hear this wasted cry” any sense that this was at all ordinary vapourised.

What is “good” about Bowie’s voice? Versatility and consistency across many different types of voice are most certainly an aspect. Belting it out loud is another. Simon Westbrook is a master of vocal control with quite extraordinary velocity and clarity who adds just enough affectation to make a lyric curl without taking it too far so that was all you noticed. He does not look like Bowie, but resembles him in movement. He does not dress like Bowie, he does something of his own.

The songs that worked extremely well were the ones you would think were the hardest to get right: Time, Boys Keep Swinging, China Girl, Young Americans and the opening number were sublime. The band were as real as it gets. The BV was sometimes joined by three dancers restoring some of the Toni Basil choreography from the original in smaller steps. Steve Norman from Spandau Ballet was a guest with a sparkling saxaphone.

It was a great concert, every bit nearly as good as the real thing but comparisons are endlessly boring. As a band in its own right, celebrating something that is relatively unknown in the Bowie catalogue, there is a future as the show and band are simply excellent.

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BONFIRE NIGHT. DAS FLUFF HAVE EXPLOSIVE.

Electro sleaze outfit Das Fluff release their new video to ‘Rage’ today, taken from the new album ‘Meditation and Violence’ and shot in Hong Kong, it features the hypnotic lead singer Dawn Lintern walking a paradoxical line between the seedy city and tranquil botanical gardens, the song itself with a throbbing underbelly and primal screams, explores how our relaxed outward projection often hides the desire to release our inner anger and rage at the many frustrations of modern life. With explosive results.


See the full video here http://www.dasfluff.com/

As bands like Polica and Goldfrapp use their powerful front women to push through a male dominated industry, Das Fluff are prepared to take a more bold and edgy approach, faces will be kissed but then slapped, hard.
Spread the love/hate.

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Kaleida photographed at The Water Rats by Nicholas Alexander

4 Sept 2013

Series 1

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When a work of art can be seen to be like other things it is called derivative. When it takes other things and uses them to create a new thing, it is referencing or quoting and that is seen as an intelligent move. The central issue at stake is a question of has something been said or done that results in an addition to the sum of human experience, or does it merely convince us that our trudge through the years never offers us surprises.

Matt Bowden is already well known to the New Zealand media as a spokesperson for harm reduction from drugs. He made some money introducing legal alternatives. And has invested considerable firepower into a rock and roll career that threatens to go international at any second, including a steam punk sci-fi film and now released their album, Homecoming.

Yes, it is full of influences and may be seen as derivative as it throbs with a sense of wonder and majesty that is not unlike Pink Floyd at their most illustrious. It is classed Psychedelic rock, a delirious update on progrock fantasy. It is full of rearing guitar licks and a massive sound engine, powerhouse vocals, thin metallic screams and raptures of portent. The guitars gang up on you but there is colour, complexity and imagery at work. As it progresses Maori chants are interwoven with hard rock and harpsichord. It’s edge is eclectic. It’s driving passion is it’s glory.

An exciting debut album from a world class rock artist.

Listen to the album right now here.

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Rock and Roll and Blues roots traditions is not the typical format for a “girl band” these days. It is a refreshing change from the usual or expected TV fare of wannabe X-Factored fame hungry non art that passes for entertainment. As a follow-up to the recently published documentary video of Trixie Lectric here is a photo gallery of a live performance. Starting out as a “covers” band, and covering hits from the 60s to the 80s in a packed out Canterbury pub on a Monday night this impressive lineup delivered a gusty, entertaining gig.

On lead vocals Ella Morgan gave a confident performance (she also performs solo as a singer song writer). Holly Kinnear was outstanding on lead guitar ably supported by Liz Hayward on bass and Johanna Sarakinis on rhythm guitar while Lucy Foster gave a cracking drum performance.

Highly recommended. Based in Kent, performing around the South East of England.

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Most promising new band I have seen in years.

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Unseen video of The Cesarians, wonderful band = captured at The Purple Turtle.

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We took a camera to the recent Lene Lovich gig in London and the support act was Das Fluff – check out their new song Drop Break Slip Crash here.

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100% – a video produced by ManifestArts.co.uk and Das Fluff has been featured on the NME website.

You can follow the link to NME, or watch it here:

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