Manchester Band On The Wall
...poetry is not the new rock'n'roll.
However, new Manchester label Switchflicker, the brainchild of DJ Jayne Compton and musician Mildmanjan, is different. For a start they're mixing words and music. What's more, they've persuaded characters as opinionated, and unpredictable, as Mark E Smith and performance artiste The Divine David, to their cause.
"Get your finger right up your anus and give yourself a big whoop, you deserve it." Transvestite poet Chloe Poems has arrived. With airy effervescence and the edge of a serial killer, Chloe enunciates over a gentle pastoral twinkle, and then does something called 'The Queen Sucks Nazi Cock'. After which, it's straight into the heart of decaying Britain, Chloe spitting over Lamb-ish clang and twang. Fantastic.
Meanwhile, the Tricky-ish My Mate Mark consist of Tracey Elizabeth and Veba, sometime diva to Rae & Christian. Swearing aside, Tracey's vocals are lost in the mix for much of their set, but new single, 'Skin Deep', an asthmatic skank, is immediately, obviously great. No Mark E or Divine David, the briefest of introductions to the Switchflicker roster, but still a cool debut, and, yes, tangibly rock'n'roll.
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