A quick gig review for my Uni paper:
“Long Blondes, Birmingham Academy 2, 15/04/08
Couples. For or against?
That’s what it comes down to: Long Blondes songs have always flirted with infidelity; the band used to be two couples (and one spare) and now they’re not. The new album is called “Couples”, if you want it any more blatant.
The gig? A crowd of couples/singletons that’s actually audibly tense and, okay, I only noticed because at every other gig I’ve been on the ‘against’ side but…
Oh, the band? A new more-Blondie-than-Pulp direction. All the songs are sharp, individualistic. Even better, the old songs sound fresh and energised. But that sexual tension, in the spoken word bit between Dorian and Kate, and the way she’d prowl the stage… that’s gone. Out with the couples.”
(That’s the current version, anyway. It’s supposed to be 20 words shorter. But fuck ’em.)