Philly punks Nothing are back from the brink with a new record that draws on some really, really bad times.
Charlatans /The Cooper Temple Clause/Minuteman/Moco : London Astoria
The latest NME Carling Show sees Tim Burgess and the boys on top form...
Minuteman, however, are an entirely different proposition. Free from the overcooked prog rumblings of Ultrasound, Matt Jones certainly doesn't look any happier (he's nursing a severe hangover), but his new band's classy hook-laden pop is a welcome surprise. Rollicking single 'Big Boy' should start him on the road again.
At last year's shows, Cooper Temple Clause
stood in for Scandinavian strummers Kings Of Convenience, and they were, quite frankly, awful. Now they're genuine UK chart stars and a different proposition entirely, even if they do look like an Andy Bell (the Oasisone, not Erasure) tribute band. The likes of 'Panzer Attack' and 'Let's Kill Music' may seem like unlikely crowd pleasers, but when you've managed to seduce the producers of 'CD:UK' winning over a bunch of Charlatans fans is a piece of rather intense piss.
What is there to say about Charlatansthen? Well, they're very good at being Charlatans. Tonight they mix highlights from their 'Wonderland' album with a bunch of hits, making being in a band look like the best job in the world. But while it's the likes of 'One To Another' and 'The Only One I Know' that send the punters absolutely potty, it's the more bruised, vulnerable moments such as 'A Man Needs To Be Told' (their finest moment?) and 'If I Fall' that encapsulate this band's status as survivors with soul.
Just one problem - Tim Burgess may look great in his Dylanesque floppy hat, but he could do with some cowbell lessons. But then Charlatans have always been out of time - that's why they're a national treasure.
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