Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Flipping their lids

The Waking Eyes, Blow Up @ Metro Club, London, 13 Feb 2006

Howling like the bored wind that whips their native Winnipeg, The Waking Eyes slap Beatley harmonies onto Stoogey guitars. Their whole existence seems to have erupted from the bit where Dick Dodd of The Standells yowls "fruuuuustrated women" on their 1966 hit 'Dirty Water'. Funky keyboards and a cool trumpet add texture, but they're fighting a losing battle against the Metro's endearingly ramshackle sonic capabilities.

Image be damned; think Rory Gallagher's head on Angus Young's body, wearing a jacket stolen from a decomposing geology lecturer. It's not the future of rock 'n' roll, but it's a fun seam of the past these guys are mining.

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