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Blectum From Blechdom, Sleazys, Glasgow

Posted: April 17th, 2002, by Marceline Smith

I braved the Blectum From Blechdom vs Dianogah dilemma last night and went for the girls playing electronics since there is very little of that at ATP and lots of Dianogah. Well, some Dianogah anyway. Seemed like everyone was having traumas though as the venue was pretty quiet and meant my only choice of company was to foist myself on wee stuart Mogwai and his lovely wife who was promoting the gig. So big yay to them. Great band choices too. First up were The Magnificents who I had seen supporting Mogwai but sounded wrong that night apparently. I remember being quite bemused by them at Mogwai and they were certainly much more enjoyable this time. Helped on by John Cummings’ excellent soundman choice of turning everything to ‘FUCKING LOUD’ they ended up coming across like Joy Division fed through an electronic frenzy machine. Doom electro racket or something. It was funny as well, the main singer guy batting his microphone about the place like some slapstick master and barking super vocoder nonsense [‘HELP…HELP….HELP……MEEEEE’]. Fools.

Blectum From Blechdom are two cute american girls with three laptops, a keyboard on a strap, a banjo and a girlish sense of humour. They kind of alternated between crouching beside their laptops pulling off glitchy electronica breaks and some punk rock girl shouting. The best bits were when they were both singing away in front of those booming crunching beats I like so much. The bad bits were when it all got a bit too much on the funny lyrics and you started thinking Moldy Peaches. Kind of hard to describe really but they were fun fun fun. Girls are much more fun than boys, it’s the truth! I should have bought one of their records, duh. They ended up staying at my house as well due to cat fear and were very nice. Even left me a bottle of vodka. Rock!

Marceline Smith

Marceline is the fierce, terrifying force behind diskant.net, laughing with disdain as she fires sharpened blades of sarcasm in all directions. Based in Scotland, her lexicon consists of words such as 'jings', 'aboot' and 'aye': our trained voice analysts are yet to decipher some of the relentless stream of genius uttered on a twenty-four hour basis. Marceline's hobbies include working too much and going out in bad weather.


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