Take a listen to The Sandells' track, The Girl From Iphigena, on their MySpace site and it just about sums them up. Anyone expecting The Girl From Ipanema might have a slight shock coming. This sounds like they've dumped her in an old metal bin, banged on the side with a Wicker Man beat and serenaded her, softly singing `No way out'.
The Girl From Iphigena is actually the daughter Agamemnon, so maybe she deserves it… But it gives a glimpse into where The Sandells are coming from…twisting and distorting perceived sounds and sensibilities.
Like, the Salford band doesn't illustrate their MySpace track, Regent Road, with traffic snarls and Sainsburys, but derelict houses - as a haunting trumpet based soundscape turns the Coronation Street theme tune inside out at the doorsteps of original houses of the soap.
The Sandells – Brian Benson on drums/percussion, Johann Kloos on guitar, and Tim Lyons on vocals and trumpet - are hard to pin down musically. At one stage, Tim described his music as `Krautpunk', an amalgam of post industrial Can-type creating, with the attitude of punk.
Whatever, The Sandells weave rocky atmospherics one minute, throw the musical kitchen sink at the speakers the next, and on other tracks produce jazz-based ambience on steroids. Makes a change from the cruise ship cabaret of the fxxxng X Factor…
Joining The Sandells on stage at Crescent 20 are London's Belter – `punk for grown ups who like to dance', and Manc-land's Kill Pretty.
With Kill Pretty, the name kind of sums them up – big blokes (plus son of) with faces only a back alley could love, ramming out hard core punk.
Boasting ex members of The Fall, the legendary Hamsters and Factory Star, Kill Pretty might look ugly but there's a solid streak of radicalism and humanity pulsing through the lyrics. The single, Raining Blood, has seals and protesters being culled to the beat…
`Nothing's going to turn the tide/We've left our principles outside/ Re-write history we must win/ Glory, glory we shall say/ Loaded gloves, loaded dice/devoid of love, old as ice/ Raining blood, raining tears, it's kept on raining through the years…And the blows keep raining down on me…'
Meanwhile, our fave from the new album, Dark Heart, is definitely the track Let's Rob A Bank. Altogether now…
`Let's rob a bank together/ You and me, me and you…Killing for a shilling can never be the solution/ But if the spirit's willing we can spark a revolution… Oh let's rob a bank together…'
Classy stuff. They might not be the prettiest, but Kill Pretty have brains, top lyrics, hard n' smart singalong tunes burnt from experience, and that pulsing punk spirit that's going to make this pre-Christmas party at Crescent 20 one hell of a dancing, sweaty good time night.
Leave your cool outside and enjoy!
THE SANDELLS, KILL PRETTY AND BELTER AT CRESCENT 20
Crescent 20, next to The Crescent Pub on the, er, Crescent
Friday 7th December 7:30pm £3
Also serving hot pot and a veggie option too!
For further details see Facebook Event: Kill Pretty, Belter and The Sandells @ Crescent 20 Salford - or click hereSearch all the bands on Facebook too.