A great night at The Croft.

SCREAMING FEMALES / THE HYSTERICAL INJURY / CAVES / ROCK IN YOUR POCKET / BELLIES / THE DIVEBOMB REVOLUTION / BLACK ELEPHANT      @The Croft, Bristol 11/09/11.

Reviewed for Listomania Bath

Artscare and Offbeat join forces to put on a Sunday night two room spectacular of alternative rock acts. Axes are wielded, tubs are thumped – ear-splitting entertainment ensues.

Belliesopen up on the main stage and it’s the best I think I’ve seen from the drums and guitar duo. Their off-kilter morsels of good-humoured riot grrrl/post rock are a delight for fans of musical deconstruction. Natalie Jennifer Brown (also of The Jelas) plays guitar like she just invented the thing – Its all indie-jazz meets math mayhem, charming, captivating and cool – She sings a bit too. Deborah M. Withers (also of Drunk Granny) sings a bit more, whilst playing drums like Nat plays the guitar. Rarely is music this honest. Its like opening the back of a pocket watch, or discovering the secret of Oz behind the curtain – then comes the realisation that understanding the magic is not a disappointment but just another kind of magic. Read more…

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