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Oxegen 2010 - Sweet Jane

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ATL | 16:10 UK time, Friday, 9 July 2010

2FM Hot Press Academy, Friday 9th July, 3.30pm

Describe in a tweet:
A one dimensional ride into the heart of darkness.

What happened: Clearly in thrall to the dark gods of rock and roll, Sweet Jane seek to channel that twisted muse into a rock and roll ride through musical history. Unfortunately they get stuck in a groove pretty quickly, coming off more Black Rebel Motorcycle Club than Velvet Underground. Guitars drone, drums pound, and bass throbs, whilst glacial boy/girl vocals soar overhead.

Happily wearing rock and roll cliches on their sleeves, it might not be the most original thing ever made, but they're very good at it. A dash of invention wouldn't go amiss, but there's definitely a lot to work with...

Crazy in Love: Recent single 'Black Eyes' towers above the rest of the set, dragging the ghost of Slowdive kicking and screaming into the present.

99 Problems: A couple "frolicking" in the middle of the tent manage to distract a lot of the audience from what's happening on stage.

Oxegen rating: 6/10

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