Scout Niblett
North Six - Brooklyn
Sep 6 2003
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'shoot shoot'

North Six always puts on good shows but, every now and again, they exceed themselves. This was one such occasion, labor day weekend, 2003. Not one but two girl acts from the UK, a strong Brooklyn contender, and the best of Boston. Scout Niblett, first up, is a Staffordshire lass, a performance artist transferred to the music scene whose current great work is to play more one-night stands in a six month period than one can possibly imagine. Bewigged, cheekily cheerful, her songs poke at darkness, light, and emotion. She backs herself alternately on guitar and drums, and i give you two clips to demonstrate both. The former is her greetimg to the USA, the latter, her closing number, a reflective torch song. Next up was Kaito, an infectious 'teenbeat' outfit from the East English fenlands, since signed to Mute Records. Two girl syncopating vocals interact with sharp drumming and intense guitar hooks, many played pedal-steel style through weird effects. 'Shoot Shoot' - the song here - could be the punkcast anthem.. Third we have Prosaics, a dark horse on the Brooklyn scene, but a band that is already breaking ground in Europe. Chiselledly handsome, they bring twin rickenbacker determination to the classic manchester sound, topping it with a pop tenor that hovers between ectasy and anguish, an engaging combination. I've emphasized the chisels by giving them the b/w treatment. Finally, heading up the show, we had Consonant, a trio led by Clint Conley, former bassist, and songwriter, for Mission Of Burma. After a 25 year hiatus, no doubt fired up by MOB's recent re-union efforts, he is having not a little success with this outfit, and obviously enjoying every minute. Much of the lyrics are apparently written by a collaborating poet and would engage crossword fans, but both songs i have picked are pretty straightforward. In the first Clint, like Scout above, carries a torch, but here the fire licks lazily around the bridge's very foundation. The second song was the finale, a wry version of the Buzzcocks hit 'Everybody's Happy Nowadays' that well shows off Clint's vocal skills.

And yes i have knocked up a VCD's of the sets, Scout is VCD3251 (8,27:18), Kaito is VCD3252 (9,30:40), Prosaics are VCD3253 (7,24:45), and Consonant is VCD3254 (13,51:59), which, until I receive a cease and desist from the bands, you can get from the pinstand for $4 inc. mail ($5 foreign) - if interested email orders@pinstand.com with the subject=VCD_Order, saying which you want and I'll let you know the process. Or just paypal straight in to that address.

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date posted: 1/5/04 fixed: 1/12/04

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