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Oxegen – Dinosaur Pile-Up, Fight Like Apes

All reviews by me for The Daily Ticket Dinosaur Pile-Up: G is for…. On the eve of their first Irish show, this trio spent the night doing what every band should, to get in the right mindset: watching Arnie gurn …

Fri, Jul 10, 2009, 22:21

   

All reviews by me for The Daily Ticket

Dinosaur Pile-Up: G is for….

On the eve of their first Irish show, this trio spent the night doing what every band should, to get in the right mindset: watching Arnie gurn his way through Commando. And it worked – they came out of the traps with a hi-octane energy.The G-word will always follow them around and, if Timberlake is bringing sexy back, grunge is their poison. They’ve got the classic, heavy songs with a pop edge to fuel that revival too – My Rock’n’Roll, in particular sets out their stall, with maximum riffs and throaty yells. By the time they’ve come to Summer Hit, the crowds wondering if Leeds is the new Seattle.

Fight Like Apes: trick and treat

Jumping into the crowd, banging chairs against the barrier, climbing the scaffolding: Fight Like Apes know all the tricks of the festival trade. More importantly, though, they’ve learned that songs are every jot as important as japes. Two in particular stand out: I’m Beginning to Think You Prefer Beverley Hills 90210 to Me and Lend Me Your Face are lean, mean and full of vim. The Apes throw these songs out with a casual aplomb that comes from practice. Even when running amok, the beat is steady. This time next year, Rodney, they’ll be turning the main stage into their playground