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Review: Gold Teeth @ Camden Barfly, Feb 23rd 2009.

Posted in Gig Pictures, Gigs, Music Reviews, Tracks with tags , , , , on February 24, 2009 by musicmuleblog

Gold Teeth @ Barfly Camden Feb 23rd 09 by

Gold Teeth – Bread and Butter

Tonight the occasion is Gold Teeth’s single launch party for ‘Everybody’ released yesterday through Pure Groove but more to that later.

Voluntary Butler Scheme (VBS) play as main support at this Camden gig getting busier by the minute. VBS is really Rob Jones and his bedroom pop tunes made of admirable loops of guitar, keys, synth and drums and Rob’s tongue-in-cheek vocals. Live however he’s joined by an energetic, pretty shit hot drummer and a less notable third member on keys who if it wasn’t for the occasional movement of his hands, I could swear was a mannequin. Technical trouble means that the band start later than scheduled and have to zip through a set of about five songs. To begin with I’m not won over, songs like ‘Launderette’ fizz along with a mid tempo Beatles meets Beck vibe and get my toe tapping but I can’t help feel I’d be happier listening to it on my headphones on my way home on the tube where I could pick out all the idiosyncrasies a little easier.

His last two songs thankfully manage to take it to the next level though, especially ‘Tabasco Sole’ with it’s catchy ‘stepping in the devil’s shoes’ chorus and winning line ‘if you ever start to feel square wear a De La Soul t-shirt from time to time to make you feel more hip-hop than you are’. It’s fun, it’s clever but it’s not too fresh.

Gold Teeth on the other hand are just that. An EXCITING new London five piece who are hard to pigeonhole musically, which is usually (but not always) a good thing.  Continue reading