If you wanted to, you could describe tonight’s show simply as young, up-comers, making lots of noise and being full of the confidence that comes with early momentum and success. But my editor wouldn’t settle for that, so here’s a bit more…
Openers Tv Death start the show with a Bob Dylan circa ’66 looking frontman and a Sonic Youth meets the Velvet Underground sound. Playing with an edgy art rock drone, and full of performance art moves, they’re staggeringly good. Highlights Living dead and Hanging tree blend the garage rock sounds of the Cramps with interesting narratives and stories. They arrived confident when they stepped on stage and you know why by the end of their 8 songs.
Second act, Seperator, move us on a gear with varying Nic Rhodes imagery, deep post punk grooves and haunting, back of the throat, primal screaming. Like TV Death, they look like rock stars, and they play like rock stars, but they’re clearly art stars at heart particularly on highlights Always the last to leave and recent single Babbling pessimist.
And then it’s up to Document to maintain the standard of the evening, which they do, with the aid of backward dancing, performative playing, and the most intense pop/rock/indie/post punk you’re likely to hear in Little Buildings this year. Standouts Uncle Sams daughter and closer Pity highlight a style that is bound to be huge. If you see any of these acts on any bill, go and watch them.