Live Review: Bleeding Knees Club, Oxford Art Factory, 13/4/2012

Prolonged adolescence 4eva!
Ignore this review and just see ’em hey. I was semi-into 3 songs pre-show, but live it’s a whole new beaster bunny, dropping 2 minute, chocolate-coated, frivolity-gut-punches. Live, it’s a mess of ripped jeans, long hair and zooper doopers. Live, it’s a punk gig with angst replaced by happy-go-lucky teenage kicks.

Photo from NME

Also, it isn’t deja vu, that’s just a different song with the same start middle and end. Don’t fix what ain’t broke.
Also, Also, BKC are as effective at nullifying cynicism as a magna-doodle is at erasing that magnet magic.

HIGHLIGHTS
-the introductions to songs emphasised their simplicity. This song’s about virginity, this song’s about having fun, this song’s about Marissa from the OC, this song’s about having sex with a slut on the beach – and sure enough, that’s exactly what the songs were about.
-the fostering of crowd surfing addictions was really entertaining. BKC don’t just condone, but endorse a constant ebb and flow of people on stage, people off stage, people in the crowd, people on the crowd, people above the crowd. There was this benny-hill style action going on between security guards and regular offenders to which BKC performed a cover of Yakkity Sax (not really). I’m pretty sure their band manager crowd surfed at one stage? If it wasn’t their manager, than who invited the suit? Amiright?
-i bought a cool t-shirt

LOWLIGHTS
-i got an indian kebab before the show and the naan bread was a bit stale

I’m not sure how fleeting it all is, but i don’t think they care so why should i? It’s just fun; childish, simple, joyfully naive, incredible fun.

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Dig it: Blue Meanies by OPOSSOM

2 geniuses for the price of 1, and for free (thanks internet).

1st genius – OPOSSOM is the honey from ex-Mint Chick- Kody Nielson, Michael Logie, and what Wikipedia is telling me Bic Runga? Really? The Nielson womb must have been lined with sheet music, cause OPOSSOM is gonna sweep through 2012 in the same way that Kody’s brother Ruban did with Unknown Mortal Orchestra. Nielson Creative Dynasty.

2nd genius – Sam Kristofski’s visual feat of nature is everything great about the world, but to narrow it down a bit, it’s everything you want in a music video.
1. Story. Why would a band with any creative pulse ever want a video of them playing when you could have this! A bewildering, conquering and utterly engrossing story! I’m on my 12th view now, still hooked on Mr Kristofski’s abilities to leave us in the dark about so much and still be coherent. Post video questions – who are the good guys? who are the bad guys? who is in pursuit? why is a buddhist (is it buddist?) statue turning people into lions? where did he get that jacket? why are him and listerine girl in cahoots, trading lions for crystals?
2. Compliments the music, akin to the way a rug compliments a room- especially if the rug is made out of furious, holographic diamond energy and the room is actually outer space.
3. Delectable Aesthetics.
4. Attractive people.
5. 3D obsession