The Beta Band: The Best Of The Beta Band

The Beta Band: The Best Of The Beta Band

You may well have heard of The Beta Band, but let’s refresh your memory. They’re the group that released their first three EPs to unanimous acclaim, then made the cover of NME, only to famously rubbish their debut album proper on the pages...

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Beta Band : Assessment

Beta Band : Assessment

Seemingly entrenched for the last two years making new costumes, spiralling into a Sun Ra-induced cascade of insanity, and, dare we say it, boffing on da 'erb, hey hey here's Beta Band , back to save us from rock'n'roll mediocrity, the rise of...

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Beta Band  :  London Ocean

Beta Band : London Ocean

Beta Band had big plans for this gig. They hoped to transform the entire venue into a replica of Mos Eisley's cantina from 'Star Wars', and encouraged fans to come along in fancy dress. Sadly, it hasn't really worked out: most of tonight's crowd...

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Beta Band : Squares

Beta Band : Squares

Hmmm, sounds familiar this. Rings a few bells. Where have I heard this before? Oh, only about FIVE BLOODY BILLION TIMES on about A HUNDRED DIFFERENT RECORDS in THE PAST THREE HOURS! It's that sample of the bunch of hippies deciding to have a bit...

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The Beta Band : Liverpool L2

The Beta Band : Liverpool L2

Hands up who remembers The Beta Band when they were one of the most exciting British bands ever? With the release of their first three brilliant EPs back in 1998, the buzz around the band was incredible. It seemed as if there was nothing they...

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The Beta Band : London Brixton The Fridge

The Beta Band : London Brixton The Fridge

Last time we saw them it was all luminous sci-fi costumes, thunderous, glowering versions of 'It's Not Too Beautiful' and 'The Hard One', hardly any acknowledgment of the crowd and no 'Dry The Rain'. And it was awesome, the best band in the...

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Beta Band : Hot Shots II

Beta Band : Hot Shots II

Monosyllabic interviewees that take to the stage dressed as dancing spacemen and gun-toting Mexican bandits. A feverishly-awaited debut album, dismissed as "fucking awful" by its brutally honest creators. If Travis are The Invisible Band, creeping...

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Beta Band : Broke

Beta Band : Broke

Through no real fault of their own , The Beta Band sometimes overwhelm because of their apparent, insufferable hipness. It's a shame, because when you get past the celebrity patronage and any band member peculiarities, they write some great...

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Beta Band : Belfast Limelight

Beta Band : Belfast Limelight

It's difficult to know if the The Beta Band are fans of Track and Field. Because, frankly, given their propensity to splutter at the starter's gun, The Beta Band of yore would be showered, changed and on their way home by the time the medals...

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Astoria, London

Astoria, London

There have been many truly great Brats performances in the past. Flaming Lips playing so loud the plaster on the Astoria ceiling starts to flake and fall to the floor like confetti. Mercury Rev so deeply out there we are mesemerised into...

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