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Oxegen 2011 - Sweet Jane

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ATL | 18:05 UK time, Saturday, 9 July 2011

2FM/Hotpress Stage, Saturday, 3.30pm

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Hazy rock swaggers against the odds...

What happened: It's always a bit tentative when a band take to the stage to just a couple of people slouched over the barrier and a splattering of bodies strewn across a vast emptiness. And it's a casual beginning for Sweet Jane, as they power up their hazy sleaze rock machine over the sounds that continue to play on the PA system for some reason. Bluesy distorted riffs, and some mighty rock posturing soon pull the crowd in from outside, and the band get into their stride. It's predictable stuff, with an obvious influence from the Velvet Underground (Sweet Jane being the name of a Velvet Underground song), and it all begins to meld together after a while. But it's well played, with Danda Paxton's guitar lines taking as much of the lime light as Lydia Des Dolles strutting and swaggering.

Crazy In Love: Some hazy dreamy noise is perfect for this time in the afternoon.

Why Don't You Love Me:  Just because it's the last song, doesn't mean it needs to go on endlessly. We think it's done when Lydia clambers on the drum rise, but yet another guitar solo arrives and lingers for what feels like eternity.

Oxegen rating: 6/10

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