Thursday, 11 March 2010

553 THE BUTTERFLIES OF LOVE, Milky Wimpshake, The Chemistry Experiment, Bath Moles, Thursday 4 April 2002

I'd been meaning to check out this New Haven, CT. band for some time, so when Beef called the day before to say The Butterflies Of Love were at Bath Moles and was I up for it, I didn't need to think too hard. Rock queen Rachel passed on this one, though, as it promised to be "too mellow", so after a quick call to former New Havenite, Gravel Pit bassist EdV, for the "dope" on the band, Beef picked just myself up at 9.

In for 10, and first band of this Fortuna Pop! record label showcase triple-bill, The Chemistry Experiment, were on shortly after. They were a half-baked mishmash of late 80's Pulp, and arty student weirdness just for the sake of it. Didn't like them, but next band up, Newcastle's Milky Wimpshake, were a much better proposition, despite the terrible name. They recalled 80's pop janglers The Brilliant Corners with their fresh jauntiness and had some funny lyrics ("you don't know where the fence is, as you lost your contact lenses!"). However many of their flippant numbers merged into one, and I got the idea I'd have liked them better if I were a 17 year old bookworm!

Anyway, we were there for The Butterflies Of Love, and we took a stage right position at the front for their entrance at 11.45. An eclectic looking bunch, they sounded as varied and indefinable as they looked, recalling the monotone drone of the Velvet Underground, the lilting melody of Luna and the touching emotion of Wheat, often all at once! An intriguing blend of melody and atmosphere which I thoroughly enjoyed, despite my total lack of familiarity with the material, which I hope to rectify soon. A fine set augmented by the twin vocals of the unrelated Dan (the short, Dean Wareham-like falsetto vocalist) and Jeffrey Greene (a very tall baritone, whose mumbling between-songs oratories recalled Velvet Crush's Ric Menck!). Complimented Jeff after the show, also mentioning the Gravel Pit, whom it turned out he'd encountered before. Didn't chat for long, though, as this was already half past midnight on a school night. The Butterflies Of Love were however certainly worth the missing Zeds!

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