Lovvers claim that, like, ‘no one gets them’, but after seven short
shocks of discontentment,
it’s evident that not everyone appreciates a short punk rock antimasterpiece (12.6 minutes!) these days.
The London quartet are deliciously shambolic. Donny Tourette-styled Shaun Hencher channels The Germs’ Darby Crash with his mic-snogging grizzly blurts,
while the crunchy GSCE guitar solos and garage Iggy rockin’ sloshes boozily between NOFX and Les Savy Fav’s NY camp.
From it’s title, ‘Wasted Youth’ may sound like it’s 1977-by-numbers but rest
assured that as Lovvers’ instruments fall over themselves,
slipping on the phlegm they’ve gobbed up, it’s the real stuff alright. Encapsulating their live shows,
you can even enjoy ‘Think’ without Hencher knocking over your pint.
A veritable smorgasbord of indie’s young pretenders offer up
collaborative efforts comprising of both straight renditions, new
interpretations of their songs and offbeat covers – some of which
delight, some disappoint.
Of the less appetising performances, Florence and the Machine’s cover
of Kelly Clarkson’s ‘Since You’ve Been Gone’, backed by Drew McConnell and omnipresent cover-merchant Mark Ronson,
falls short of the desired kitsch value and remains somewhat cheesy despite Florence’s undeniable sass.
But a buffet such as this serves more than enough treats.
Lethal Bizzle’s electrifying set finally shakes the room alive somewhere around midnight, storming in with punk-tinged
‘Police on My Back’ via ‘Bizzle Bizzle’ and its dutty dancehall to climax so effectively with ‘POW!!’ that the elated crowd barely notice him leave the stage.
The evening’s coup des graces though is Filthy Dukes’s set, first joined by
Philadelphia hip-hoppers Plastic Little for an energetic mid-crowd
performance on ‘2Pac Robocop Rock’,
then by The Whip’s bassist for some mad party space disco for
the 23rd century, laden with electro drum pads and delectable
Which just leaves the line-up’s youngest guns Kitty, Daisy and Lewis – surely up way past their bedtime – to serve a refreshing aperitif with their twee,
’30s speakeasy jazz. Delicious.
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