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Pavlov's Dog live review - The Underworld, London

Live Review

Venue: The Underworld, London

Cult 70s proggers come to Camden.

David Surkamp, quasi-mythical frontman for this most cultish of 70s American bands, has lopped off his ponytail since the last time Pavlov’s Dog played here, in 2013. Apart from that, everything else remains in place, from Surkamp’s unearthly quaver to the band’s bizarre brand of folk-inflected prog.

What Surkamp, in sleeveless jerkin and shades, his wife Sara (vocals, acoustic guitar), Amanda McCoy (lead guitar, vocals), Abbie Steiling (violin, mandolin, vocals), Nathan Jatcko (keyboards), Rick Steiling (bass) and Manfred Ploetz (drums) achieve is no one’s business. Actually, no – it’s the business of everyone who reads this magazine and who has a predilection for music seemingly born of torment and pain, yet which is nevertheless arrestingly pretty and idiosyncratically structured.


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