Rolo Tomassi + Mirror! Mirror! + Your Biggest Fanclub @ Birmingham Barfly – 24th September 2008

Rolo Tomassi

Your Biggest Fanclub are a trio dealing in quite catchy indie rock who reminded me of The Wombats or a lighter version of We Are Scientists as much as anything, although if you don’t like those bands then ignore the comparison. Suffice to say they were decent, hail from Wolverhampton and would be worth your while checking out.

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Mirror! MIrror! started awfully but got better with every song and by the end were ‘ok, even quite good’. One of MTV’s old idents taught me an important lesson back in the mid-90’s – if you’re not interesting, exaggerate. There were times when I thought they weren’t just putting on a show but trying to hide a paucity of originality and variety.

Musically, they follow the same line as The Rapture, Sunshine Underground and Foals, which is to say they add cowbell, yelping and a hip-shaking sensibility to their indie ways. This was my first listen to them and I found it a little tricky telling the difference between many of their songs. They were fine though. It’ll be interesting to see what they go on to do.

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Actually, if I’m describing Mirror! Mirror! as interesting then I’m going to have to come up with a whole new concept to describe Rolo Tomassi because their show was absolutely transfixing. They’re a bunch of fresh-faced young things who produce the most unholy of rackets.

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Casio keyboards knock heads with squalling, jagged guitars with tempos and rhythms switching up unexpectedly. All the while you can’t help but gawp at little Eva Spence, who draws comparisons with Linda Blair in The Exorcist, flitting between timidity (“Good evening, thanks for sticking around”) and terrifying, throaty roars that can’t possibly be coming from her mouth.

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I’ve yet to get hold of their recently released debut but, if it packs even half the punch of their live show (performed to a disappointingly small Barfly crowd), it’ll be an essential purchase. If you like your rock to be loud and inventive then you really should give them a look.

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Review – Chris Unitt

Photos – Lee Allen

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4 thoughts on “Rolo Tomassi + Mirror! Mirror! + Your Biggest Fanclub @ Birmingham Barfly – 24th September 2008

  1. Rolo are at the cutting edge of music. Thought provoking and stylish. They are only teenagers and see them when you can.

  2. Stylish? Teenagers.. ahhh bless em.

    Posing “Math Rock” pooo


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