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The Bevis Frond live review - Birthdays, Dalston

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Venue: Birthdays, Dalston

Eighties neo-psychers venture out to Hackney

Descending into the depths of this Dalston basement, barely lit except by films of dancing girls and mandalas projected on to the stage, you can’t help but think of the UFO Club or Middle Earth in the late 60s. Tonight, though, we’re here to see an outfit close to their 30th anniversary and promoting a reissue campaign, but who are crucially still at the top of the game, both live and in the studio. Although there’s reason enough to rejoice that records like New River Head and Any Gas Faster are back in print, it’s doubly satisfying that after a seven-year break, a return in 2011 has yielded three of the finest albums of their career, two of them doubles and one a triple.

The band slip into the traditional warm-up jam with the guitars of Nick Saloman and Paul Simmons circling one another, the rhythm section of drummer Dave Pearce and sometime Hawklords bassist Ade Shaw flexing their muscles beneath, until a dead stop leads into the opening riff of Hole Song #2.

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