Talia Kraines

10:21 13th April 2006

Coming to attention through grassroots self-promotion on internet forums, Dead Disco, might sound in name like Alan McGee’s latest signing. But instead of being forever trapped in the dark caverns of Notting Hill Arts Club, they’ve come from Leeds, the seemingly current home of UK music.  Tonight is their first London gig and as the band rattle around the venue beforehand, nerves are apparent, particularly as they’ve been told some ‘important label people’ will be coming to check them out.

With the looks, the style and the sound, it’s difficult how Dead Disco could fail to ignite the heart of any A&R man.  Seasoned on the Northern gig circuit, the band are pros at setting up their kit, and do it with ease and speed before exploding into the synth introduction of the futuristic sounding ‘City Place’.  It’s not hard to see their self declared influence of Blondie taking hold as the breakdown here sounds impressively like their idols and the audience quickly warm up moving closer to the stage.  Tiny vocalist and synth player Victoria’s teeny black & white dress, and huge glittery red heels could be one of the reasons for this.  Like a tiny musical whirlwind, she clutches the mic and stabs at her synth with equal ferocity, reminding us in parts of the schizophrenic performances Editors’ Tom Smith is so fond of.  But Victoria absolutely makes them work, and you can’t help but fall under her spell.

Future single ‘Automatic’ is their piece de resistance. With its swirls and subconsciously hypnotic chorus, it almost grinds against you.  But it’s ‘The Treatment’, their debut and XFM playlisted single that ends the set with a bang and gets the dancefloor moving.

The band have evident chemistry, and bassist Marie’s high waisted belt, coupled with guitarist Lucy shirt & tie combo, leave them looking like Girls Aloud’s stylish indie alter egos. Their desire for success and passion for music exudes from them from all directions.  Based on tonight’s performance, there is no reason at all why such desires shouldn’t become a reality.