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Lapsus Linguae, Cat on Form, Foe, Glasgow

Posted: August 10th, 2002, by Chris H

Well then. In Glasgow on a friday there was none of your fey East Coast acoustic nonsense. We’re Hard Men and we like our Rock to not be pink and crumbly. Triple bill of aft-rock bands and for the first time in ages I wasn’t bored by any of them.

There was FOE, apparently related to Rothko in some way, who did the instrumental rock thing. They had short songs with flashy / virtuosic / wanky guitar playing that made me think of the catchy bits of King Crimson. Funkier and more foot tappier than that makes them sound. Good and with grooves and things.

Then Cat on Form played. As I am the only diskanteer to not know who the Oedipus were, believe me I’m taking an objective view. They Really Are Very Good Indeed. Fierce little pocket monster punk rock. Yuck no that makes them sound like pop punk. Oh I know you’re looking to us for wise words but you need to take my word for this because I am Never Unstinting in my praise of bands. All my thoughts about bands start with “I liked them but…” Not this one. I liked the songs the attitude the spasms the t-shirts the whole thing. I wanted an encore. I clapped fit to make my car-bruised hands throb. But because they are hosted here you won’t believe me. Damn cynics.

Non-credibly, this was (I think) only the second time I’ve seen Lapsus Linguae play. Remember that if you’re ever tempted to think I know about music. I should be ideally positioned to trace their path to stardom or comment on how their interaction with the home crowd has developed. Can’t do that. Sorry. You can read better about them elsewhere. All I can report is that no-one got their balls out, there was one spitting incident but it didn’t involve phlegm, they cantered around the audience for a bit and I liked it. Does that make them sound dull? They weren’t but you probably know that.

Chris H

Chris was hit by a brick as a child and lost the popular culture part of his brain. This affliction means he is only able to listen to obscure japanese noise bands and watch films with overtly complex storylines. His other interests include skulking, editing documents, taunting policemen and entering undecipherable handwriting contests. He lives in an enormous underground laboratory where he spends many hours trying to un-invent television.

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