the words about JD Samson’s MEN in this month’s print copy of The Fly are mine. cool:
London, The Lexington
Poster girl for uniqueness JD Samson springs passionately into mid winter London sporting block colours and buckets of enthusiasm for her performance/art collective, MEN.
The guitars are sharp, the bass is addictive and the Brooklyn trio’s accessible funk-disco gives JD’s niche lyrics about liberty and sexuality a mainstream audience.
It is the genuine onstage energy that sets MEN apart, proving that passion for a cause is the best way to pop.
‘Off Our Backs’ slickly blends into the bluntly-worded ‘Credit Card Babies’ and after just three songs the stage is invaded by excitable fans who become impromptu backing dancers (and singers).
Social commentary with a bounce .
i’ve already ranted about how aces is MEN but since i’m finally making it to a live MEN event on 8 feb at my fav twee mothership, the lexington, there’s room for just slither more:
you can ride the pony. again.
on friday i went to see magic kids at the camden barfly.
they’ve just released an album called ‘memphis’, presumably because they are from memphis. i haven’t yet listened to it. i bought tickets for the gig on the basis that the song ‘hey boy’ is a brilliant beach boys rip-off. 2 minutes and 15 seconds of sun. plus, allo darlin’ were the support band.
memorable bits of my magic evening included:
- the lead singer’s jeans. male camel toe.
- hey boy (where’s your girlfriend?)
- the wholesome girl with the violin and tidy slimline brown leather belt
- the new allo darlin’ song. and polaroid song.
- that’s about it
given that mega-twee invariably gives me travel sickness, i really should have listened to that memphis album first. i also should have read the guardian’s thoughts on the band: “one of their tracks, phone, is super-exuberant and almost creepily twee.” fact.
other than when they were playing ‘hey boy’ their unnaturally smiley smiles made me feel a little bit queasy.
the last two words of that guardian quote tell you everything you need to know about magic kids gigs. next london one is on 28 october at twee mothership, the lexington. don’t forget to wear travel sickness bands.