Art Brut | Fez Club | Reading | Wednesday 8 November
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The suspense is too much, I have been listening to this band for the last few days on MySpace and I have to say I'm eagerly awaiting their first performance in Reading (apart from their 2004 Reading Festival appearance). Who am I talking about? None other than the truly inspirational Art Brut.
When the band finally mounts the stage they are happy to tease the audience for a further minute or two, playing the odd chord here and there, they too must realise how eager the crowd are to hear their awaited first Reading performance.
The big hint could be the fact that every mortal being is edging closer and closer to the stage and those who cannot are standing on the furniture frantically trying to get a better look.
|"Unfortunately Art Brut have admitted that they do not wish to move to Reading, much to our disappointment (LA apparently seems more appealing)."|
As the tunes finally kick in the first track is We Formed A Band, an apt introduction for the first song.
From that point on the tunes roll out and we are guided through the gig by the front man Eddie Argos.
He kindly tells us all the origin of each and every track and even considerately asks the audience, "any questions?" (Unfortunately we are told that no, dedications are not a question).
Argos is a front man in the true sense, witty and cleaver he woos the crowd into frenzy at every word. And not to mention the skipping on stage! Yes, why do a gig and then exercise, why not combine the two?
With tracks such as Nag Nag Nag Nag and Blame It On The Trains covering subjects as diverse as skiving off work to a drunken and slightly unsuccessful night in a tent with a girlfriend, fans certainly have subjects on offer they can relate too.
The sound is pure punk. The vocals are more of a conversation style than a melody as such, but they are fabulous!
The stage show rocked on and became an audience show as Argos dives into the crowd, hoping to drag fellow band members down with him, despite their resistance.
There is only one bad remark I can make about this band, it came just before the track Moving to LA and came in the form of a confession: unfortunately Art Brut have admitted that they do not wish to move to Reading, much to our disappointment (LA apparently seems more appealing).
As I leave I am in pain, from smiling and laughing far too much.
If you like punk and you like a laugh, Art Brut are definitely a band to put on your must-see list.