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Spratleys Japs live review - The Lexington, London

Live Review

Venue: The Lexington, London

Tim Smith's Spratleys Japs and Guapo team up for a Cardiacs friendly

Tonight’s show – DJ’d by Steve Davis, natch – is a double-header featuring two like minds. You can tell they’re like minds because sometime Cardiacs member and Knifeworld mainman Kavus Torabi (guitar) performs with both bands. He’s on full-time with the mighty Guapo and makes a cameo appearance for Spratleys Japs’ encore.

But whereas the latter – not surprisingly for an outfit originally helmed by Cardiacs leader Tim Smith – specialise in largely short songs marked by manic tempo twitches, Guapo’s set wholly comprises two extended avant prog forays. The first, the entirety of their multi-part 2015 epic Obscure Knowledge, opens with Middle Eastern sounds. It segues into discordant horror film-style keyboards before Torabi attacks his guitar with a giant chopstick.

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