ROCK THE STROKES Corn Exchange, Edinburgh, Sat 23 Mar 000

The idea of the Strokes is brilliant. Five drop-dead gorgeous NY guys in charity shop chic bashing out simple new wave guitar pop genius without a care in the world. What could be better? The reality of the Strokes is a little more complicated. They’re a young band, scarcely out of rock kindergarten, and their inexorable rise to fame has catapulted them into a world of humungous gigs and showbiz buffoonery for which they seem ill prepared.

Because young bands, like young footballers, are prone to erratic performances. Sometimes brilliant, sometimes dodgy as hell, the Strokes and their dedication to a punk rock ethos are both to be applauded, but it also means that you’re going to have to put up with the odd stinker of a gig.

This rammed Corn Exchange outing isn’t exactly a stinker, but it sure as hell isn’t a great show either. Whether they’ve partied too hard after last night’s Barrowland bash is unknown, but someone has definitely slipped something sleepy in the band’s pre-gig cup of tea.

The signs are there from the off, as an incredibly sluggish ‘New York City Cops’ chugs along, the hysterical reception it receives out of step with events on stage. And it takes a long time to start getting any better.

‘Barely Legal’ and ‘Soma’ are similarly soporific, and the couple of new tunes that get an airing don’t inspire great hope for the band’s longevity.

But then towards the end of an inevitably brief set something happens and the band seem to wake up from their stupor to sprinkle some rock’n’roll magic around a barren and soulless Corn Exchange.

A rippling, aggressive ‘Last Night’ starts the fightback, closely followed by a taught, tense ‘Hard To Explain’, but by this point the band have already played most of their only album, and it all seems like a case of too little too late, especially for the princely sum of £15 a ticket.

Merely a stumbling block or a sign of things to come?

Not quite the master strokes

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13th Note Club, Glasgow, Thu 21 Mar

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FROG ROCK THE WEIRD BEARDS 00 The Southern Bar, Edinburgh, Fri 22 Mar

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Th 1i" frst couple o" tunes have a pleasing Toydiai‘. atmosphere to then. exhibiting the said ll‘.lf3l(ll£tllf3'lll) of the bass player, the zlr'..'iiiiic-r and Méil‘l‘OF rig l‘.‘-'7lf$(}3l on lead guitar. l"ll‘.§lf3 begin to fat. apart with tlie vocal tracks. Were .53 noth'ng partctiiariy narrong ‘.'./lll‘. his ‘.:>ice: he Just cannot sec-Iii to settle on one. ()“e minute lie sounds like dad Fair. the next

piece slice of 60's Saville Row.

They rock out. feet shuttle. this is a disease of good music. "Sell Your SOuI' c0iild be claSSic mid-period Georgie Fame. ‘Humanise' and ‘Big Boss Man” are belted Out with an Edwin Starr relish. 'Sea Groove' and 'Money' clatter like a back alley brawl between Bobby Hughes and Buddy Rich. Mongo Santamaria's ‘Cloud Nine' dashes breathlessly from these consummate muSicians who are playing hard and fast like their life depended on it. You missed quite a night my friend. iPaul Dale.

his resemblance to the support act stops. Where Martinez is a shambling mess. Topher LaFata (for Gold Chains is hel is on a one- man crusade to fuse the best of bragaddocio- tilled hip hop with intricate. glitchy electronica.

Doesn't SOtltld too appeallng. but in these hands. on tracks Such as the hyped-up Number One Face (sample line: ‘I got a bass degree. it's my PhD) and the Stereolab- sampling. all conSuming Flock The Parti. LaFata bounding about stage like a hyperactive kid comes on like the bastard offspring of Run DMC and Kid 606. Who rocks the parti’? Gold Chains rocks the parti . . . (Leon McDermottl

The beards are slowly growing

The band plays for a remarkably long time and they plod on Will] a mixture of prog epics and iiiterchaiigeable rock dirges. Some serious rehearsal time and fine tuning of their stronger material could make the Weird Beards an

Hopefully the former, for rock’n’roll’s sake. (Doug Johnstone) he's Spica Tao's DUA'Kl St Hubbii‘s.

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