Engerica, Lapsus Linguae, Deadbeat Radicals and Purple Munkie Club Fandangos night at the Dublin Castle, 23/07/2002
Purple Munkie play punky, Pixies-like
pop which didn't grab me immediately but built up in my mind as the
set went on until I suddenly realised I was loving it. Switching from
thoughtful to loud with a tense quality to the
Deadbeat Radicals mix rap, rock and electronic - guitars,
keyboards, biting-sweet female vocals delivered with stylised dance movements,
posing and some serious dressing-up. The whole thing occasionally felt
a little forced and didn't quite blend together - I'd like to see them
with a more enthusiastic audience which might bring out showmanship more
and get rid of the sense of things not quite gelling. But the music came
through that anyway, and it's of the good. Should by rights be danced
to crazily - but London doesn't do that enthusiasm thing.
I missed most of Engericas' set due to the Bloody Trains, but saw enough to be able to confirm what most people seem to be saying: they're ace. A head-over-heels splicing of metal and punk, Engerica come across as chaotic and more than a little psychotic. Worthy headliners for a gig without a single dud band.