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:: Politburo :: Jackie O :: Moco ::
20 November 2004 / The Castle / Oldham
By Parker Knoll

Oldham Castle sets the scene for something of a reunion. Although the rock and roll revolution is in full swing, three bands who actually started it are back on the same schedule. Having been fed a diet of the latest gen’ of local rock n roll, the sounds tonight are an instant lesson on the disposable and often shallow abilities of many bands popping up in the City.

Politburo write the best rock songs. There’s at least half a dozen anthems in their set, which with a live drummer could be difficult to contain. Politburo may rule the world one day and kids with eyeliner will worship the music, as they will The Holy Bible (Manics ’94 album). The guitar work slices through each song, providing hypnotic swathes of pulsating but structured leads, breaks and dynamic chords. Nick Kenyon has the same wild eyes - the equipment destroying maverick. The only musician with an agenda he’s prepared to talk about. You’re all being suckered you see and you need to wake up to the fact. Think “No Label” and real “Anarchy” set to a soundtrack that feeds straight off the lifeforce of the Factory era (one of the first new bands to be doing this) , The Kennedy’s incisive attacks and the glorious stadium rock of the Pistols in Winterland.

Jackie O are the queens of noise backed up by two crazy guitars. There has been much exaggerated talk of JO slowing down. If anything the band are harder, faster and more recklessly brilliant than ever. A new stock of tunes points to an impendingly brilliant debut album. Something that’s borne out by tonights richochet drums, plummeting bass lines and explosive guitars. This is very much a band on a mission.

MOCO are here to re-affirm their position as Manchester’s returning heroes. Completing a US tour, the band are back in old territory. Jones underpins Rigby’s guitar playing and tune after delightful tune is rattled out, like perfectly formed bullets from a hunting rifle. As the audience are taken down one by one, the band up the tempo and the end of the set becomes livelier and potentially more dangerous. This is the spirit of angular, melodic punk rock, slithering through a 60’s kaleidoscope and ending up as a visual party on the floor. Entertaining, blindingly passionate and wilfully catchy. Moco are most definitely back.

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