Bomb Factory, The Virgin Suicides and Dopejam
A Review by Pat King
Threepiece Dopejam played very loudly to a small crowd
of around 15 people. They did grungey punk that intially sounded pretty
good, but after the first few songs the impact had wained due to the
lack of choruses and stand out hooks rendering the rest of their set
only just above average.
My expectation level for The Virgin Suicides was sky high before this gig, as i had never experienced their full on live performance before. Due to the guitars being many notches too low, opener 'Elizabeth Royal' sounded limp, and was greeted with derogatory comments from the band themselves. But don't let that decieve you my friends, for whence the duracell bunny frontman, is energised, he keeps on going. Hence 'Catwalk Cancer' and 'Just As Dead Now' performing superheroic feats to save the sound troubled set.I got the feeling that it wasn't V.S's day, that it was unrehearsed and maybe that some of their energy and polemic was wasted on a crowd of so few. Oh well, better luck next time The Virgin Suicides.