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Teenage Bottlerocket / The Computers: live in Nottinghamlive in Nottingham (2011)
Reviewer Rating: 4
Contributed by: JephsoJephso
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I arrived right at the end of opening act the Rutherfords' set, hearing their last song from the men's room. I did, however, see the whole of the Computers' set. Taking the stage to the strains of Johnny Cash, all five members were wearing white dress shirts, skinny white jeans and white pumps, and .
I arrived right at the end of opening act the Rutherfords' set, hearing their last song from the men's room. I did, however, see the whole of the Computers' set. Taking the stage to the strains of Johnny Cash, all five members were wearing white dress shirts, skinny white jeans and white pumps, and as the Cash song faded out the band jumped into a big, driving, 4/4 riff. Much of their material used long stretches of the same chord, which could have become boring quickly, but the band sounded well-rounded and tight. They reminded me of a heavier, faster version of the Hives, and their white uniform only served to reinforce the similarity. On the whole they were enjoyable, but the lead singer's antics and personality alienated the crowd somewhat. He was constantly trying to find new places to sing from, including standing on the bar, straddling the crowd barrier and climbing up an amp stack on the side of the stage. His banter between songs included lines such as "Music is dead" and bordered on the pretentious, and all this came to a head when he ventured into the crowd and one audience member told him to hurry up so that Teenage Bottlerocket could play. The singer replied that he could go on all night, which was a daft move, as it only antagonized the crowd further. Musically, the Computers were a fairly unique mix of Ramones, the Hives and the Trashmen, and if they could work on their on-stage attitude and be a bit less snotty I think they'd do well.
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