The Null Device


Let me just state that the Dictionaraoke version of The Smiths' How Soon Is Now? is very, very silly.

You, pipe down, why are you able to
state that I act incorrectly
I am a person and I require affection
The same as all other people do


Tonight I went to Pony to see the electropop show they had. It was pretty doovy. First up, Letraset went on, and played a set of experimental electronics; there wasn't much in the way of vocals as far as I can recall, though Nicole did play trombone alongside the filtered glitches. Then Laura McFarlane (of Ninetynine) played a solo set. She started with a jazzy number on vibraphone, her vocals infused with a smoky sorrow, and then went on to perform various songs (mostly from the Ninetynine back-catalogue and/or their upcoming album) on some Casio keyboards and a guitar. She totally rocked; her vocals alternated between the heartbreakingly fragile and an almost fearsome intensity, and she got surprisingly much dimension and expression from a table of Casiotone keyboards.

Then New Buffalo, aka Sally Russell, came on, with her two analogue keyboards, vintage drum machine and guitar, and performed a pretty nice set. In one of the newer songs she kept changing between 4/4 and 6/8 time, which was pretty nifty. Towards the end, Laura joined her on vibraphone, which worked fairly well.

All in all, it was a good night; though I've never seen Pony as packed as this. Getting around was somewhat of a challenge.

(Btw, apparently New Buffalo are recording in LA soon, paid for with EMI money. I hope that they don't try to make her into the next Danielle Spencer or something, and that her album remains quirky, naïve and left-of-centre, rather than becoming slickly-polished commercial-radio fodder.)