London Notting Hill Arts Club

London Notting Hill Arts Club

It's hard to take a man seriously when he's wearing a pair of fluffy, maroon rabbit ears on his head.

It’s hard to take a man seriously when he’s wearing a pair of fluffy, maroon rabbit ears on his head. It’s even more difficult when he insists on giving out chocolate biscuits to the first three rows at random intervals. But take him seriously you will. And God forbid, you may even grow to love him.

That man is Simon Stone, the band are [a]Fonda 500[/a], and the music they produce is as fluffy as their rabbit ears. Being the latest in line to be ‘honoured’ with a showcase at ex-Creation Records boss Alan McGee‘s new Poptones club night, the beautiful people are out in force and seem (rightly) perplexed by the intensity and bewildering nature of the Fonda live show.

At times they’re like a primitive Super Furry Animals, at others they have an acoustic elegy not seen this side of a Vic Chestnut gig. And they top it off with an acute sense of humour. ‘Super Chimpanzee’ features harmonies to make the Beach Boy envious, while ‘Snowball’ is pretty, organ-based pop with added bubbles.

With their inventiveness it’s almost inevitable that [a]Fonda 500[/a] are taking the piss, but they do it so well you might as well go along for the ride. Cute, funny and with catchy songs about robots dancing, what more could you want?