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HAIR TEETH AND A TOUCH OF FEEDBACK
:: The Gentle Scars :: Pamela Nude :: Slide ::
15 May 2002 / Night & Day / Manchester
By JA

Night & Day continues to mutate – slowly but surely – it’s taken at least five years to change from a shed with a tin bucket sound to a darkened venue with a new sound system and a decent lighting rig. The sound being the biggest improvement so far, might not be too hot on stage as yet, but out front its getting as good as its peers.

The Gentle Scars are the first to exploit this. Pretty smart they are too. Tight, blasting guitar and bass, and ricochet drums are the perfect compliment to their frontman. Semi-bondaged – he looks like a sort of cross between iggy / strummer and gary numan. Each song does more than justice to their impressive demos and there’s more than just the odd punk rock tune. Whilst the guitarist needs to suffer for his art more and lose the baseball cap, you only notice this because their singer is a flamboyant individual. The Gentle Scars are without doubt one of the strongest acts I’ve seen in recent times and with further image development within the band, they’re destined for great things – Bloody Good.

Slide somehow have you initially thinking “indie” but they are a little bit more than this. They look still wet behind the ears and there’s the odd Oasis reference. But, what you do get is a wide cross reference of influences with some really good touches of rock, powerpop and stadium sounds. There’s a handful of indifferent songs and the "sunglasses and hood" stage entry is a little misguided. But again they bounce back with an equal amount of anthemic, grinding, gutsy numbers. With their final number they embark on a fantastic sonic wig out, which for me just speaks volumes about their potential. At such tender years and with plenty of determination, Slide are another promising act who are only just finding their feet - but find them I am sure they surely will.

Despite a throbbing wisdom tooth, Pamela Nude singer and guitarist Rob breaks through the pain barrier – with no obvious deficiencies, as he and the rest of the band prove that they are just getting better and better. A shorter sharper set throws out tracks from their current CD like curveballs. Quiet melodic segments which inevitably break into big crunching guitars and soaring melodies. Rob’s voice has a great range and its one of those voices that stands miles out and firmly against the mediocre cabaret world of indie pop crooning. Effects are certainly the order of the day and the leads ebb and flow over the powerhouse drums and rumbling bass. Heavy melodic and infectious – quite probably a compelling combination that may not go too unnoticed for long.

Night & Day - getting better but they need to get cheap beer and get rid of those fecking tables to start touching utopia.


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