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London Highbury Garage

Essentially flirty by nature, [a]Experimental Pop Band[/a] give the come-on to so many different genres tonight that when new single [B]'40 Greatest Hits'[/B] shuffles by not unlike [B]RENEGADE SOU

London Highbury Garage

Now here's a funny historical type thing relating to those so-called halcyon indie days of the mid-'80s: last night we were in the company of DAVID 'WEDDING PRESENT' GEDGE and his Cinerama. Tonight we are joined by DAVEY 'BRILLIANT CORNERS' WOODWARD, and he has brought along his trickily-named new outfit to convince us that both Davey and David weren't really jangling the boards fully 13 years ago.

Luckily for Davey, he has aged a darned sight better than us: dressed in black from nodding head to tapping toe, he is NIGEL CLOUGH doing TOM JONES and hurling back the years. Unlike the Gedgester, however, Woodward has abandoned tradition in favour of the sort of maverick invention that has bassist CHRIS GALVIN spending much of the set anxiously following his movements as the singer bends over some tricky-looking gadgetry, picks up his guitar for a brief sonic flurry or just generally hangs around looking indecently healthy.

In fact, it's an anxious experience for most involved here. Essentially flirty by nature, EXPERIMENTAL POP BAND give the come-on to so many different genres tonight that when new single '40 Greatest Hits' shuffles by not unlike RENEGADE SOUNDWAVE sulkily frugging their stuff down at Blow Up nobody seems to think it's a bit strange.

Sometimes intriguing. Other times slightly unpleasant. Quite well-named, all told.

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