ROBOTS & ELECTRONIC BRAINS

Ben Gunn @ The Cellar Bar, Cambridge

Probably not the best gig they'll ever play, this one. With no drummer (she's ill), Simon and Sarah were reduced to acoustic guitar and bass only, and with a bunch of people chatting at the bar there was no real atmosphere. An almost apologetic introduction and a false start to first song "Pavlov's dogs", a left-over from the days of Stripey, didn't do a great deal to help either. 4 or 5 pleasant enough indie songs (boy/girl vocals, jangle etc.) passed straight over most of the audience's head before the night's saving grace arrived: "Gingham dress". A frantic opening riff, simple structure, plenty of repetition and all over in two minutes. Worthy of the door money itself and it can only sound better when played by the full band.
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