Moonbears – Sophie Corona – The Pristines – Lies
The Albany, Coventry
18th February 2017
Last Saturday saw four of Coventry’s bands playing together for no good reason except that it seemed like a good idea at the time. Fighting Boredom headed down for a night of beer, indie and laughter with friends.
The Pristines have the same drummer as Lies which is handy as he doesn’t have to adjust anything. He is officially the hardest working man in rock this evening. The Pristines are Jon Hardy’s band and I expected sweet, jangly indie. Boy was I wrong. They may have been softer before but tonight they got dirty. They still play indie but they play full on powerful, emotional indie. They shoegaze but with the feeling that seems to have been forgotten by many bands, the sounds builds into a hard wave and then breaks to a soft surf. They gel properly about a third of the way through the set, where the sound comes together and is just perfect. They are as catchy as hell and just cool. Then they kick it up a gear and the guitars, bass and drums echo the Birthday Party and the Gun Club, it’s only grounded by Jon’s voice, they split off into sixties garage punk and Beatlesy psychedelia, a great set.
The Pristines are on Facebook
and you can find their music on their Bandcamp
All pictures by Martin Ward, all words by Adrian Bloxham.