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Avalanche's frontman Philip Kane (centre) has not always been the

luckiest man alive

ROCK Avalanche

'l’m on the Side of the 1.: king; ri'=r;i"s.' ann0unces Philip Kane, frontman for London five-piece Avalanche Kai‘e is sitting in one of the three bars in Camden that he's riot ltaried from rle is trying hard to stay off the bottle but it's not easy Hrs partner of ten years recently threw him out of the house Chronic drunks can seem romantic At first As for the crack cocaine addiction, Kane is over it now but for two years it didn't really help matters. It’s fair to say that life has not been. entirely kind to Kane He is 32 and looks considerably older His face is like a saddle bag that's been dragged over ten miles of scrub When he cackles

ROCK Fu Manchu

Glasgow: Cathouse, Tue 24 Mar. During their four years as TGCClerltg artists, Orange County quartet Fu Manchu have kicked up a lot of dust, to say nothing of an almighty seismic racket With their knowrng take on the untamed spirit of late (SOs/early 70s monster rock.

Their latest opus The Action Is :52; is an unrestrained celebration of bomber raid strength riffs and earthquake- rnduCing rumble It also reveals an unhealthy fascination wrth all things 70s and obscure. The artwork, for example, features a vintage action shot of the bandana-wearrng, headphone- clad, seriously afro'd 70s skateboarder Tony Alva.

Fu Manchu's souped-up, nitio-fuelled take on reality is defined by excessive infatuation with speed, power, custom cars, synapse impacting heavmess, an impressive array of vintage effects pedals and limited contact With the outsrde world The Action ls Go is

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Kane is Just Hangover Square, Avaliir‘.._he’s debut album and the lyrical distri'atron rrf Kane's dissolution Produced by Cat‘w‘il Coughlan of Fatima Mansions, rt comes from the same musical pit of despair as some of Brel's grimmer moments or Leonard Cohen s introspective musings. it's the sound of self-hate, sordid self-degradation and regret. It's also rather good,

'What we do is poetic, angst-riven and about doubt.’ explains Kane ‘It's not music as therapy, Just a genuine desire to express things. You know that period between the ages of sixteen and twenty-one when you're racked wrth doubt? I've not outgrown it. People regard a successful live band as one which causes the audience to clap. We can Silence them.’

If all this sounds too self-pitying then fear not, for Kane has retained a healthy ability to laugh at the worst situations ‘I don't find my song bleak,’ he explains while referring to an album that contains tracks about sexual explortatror: and has sleeve artwork featuring a naked body in a hood being strung up ‘lt's rust that they’re packed wrth self-satire and parody ' (Jonathan Trev-x)

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fjffll/mz’f sinner fare (ragged klikl'ig and SCi'Galllll‘i’) from the darkest corners of the lard that rock forget. Approach wrth caution and dCTTII expect anything wserrrbhng a prnfOri'td insight into the great unsolved questions of Lie If‘lS is a hand whose preferred choice of sultrect matter is cars and UFOs r i‘-fi' more cars and lT‘.'."'@ 'JFCs Fri March: "trivia". Scott Hill

explains 'A I): .' s‘. g: fy iCs ayes. up with The title

The Action is St; ia'rre from an old 70s dirt-biking ii‘t'fnvie called On Any Sunday explains a worryingly enthtismst'f Hii' 'S:"t'e riiiy iiist sad "The action is grill" and l thought "C-K -- that’s a (col title’” With Fu Manchu what you hear is what you get, We're

not trying to change the world or .

anything like that There's no secret agenda or significant messages hidden in our lyrics —‘ cars and UFOs rust seem to be the easiest thing to write about.’ (Lax-rile lrcrnas)

5“ The Action Is ’5.) is out {PCLV


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The Dirty Three

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