Live Review
PIPES AT THE MONTAGUE ARMS
Pipes
The Montague Arms
New Cross, London
23/04/10

Down in the bowels of New Cross, where no art students tread, lays a dark and beguiling pub full of taxidermic animals, skeletons and what looks like the contents of a shipwreck – a Lynchian paradise perfect for Pipes’ eerie Cramps-esque undertones. On stage they’re like a bunch of misfits – the tall, bulky singer (Luke) to the guitarist Tom, who can’t keep still, and their bespectacled drummer (Chris) at the back eating a banana. But it’s the right kind of awkward to suit their gawky guitars, especially in ‘Juried Art Show’ where the riffs fight against the bass, vying for centre stage. ‘How I Killed Your Mother’ is then full of rim-taps and a sporadic beat that Luke groans and deadpan-chatters over, while ‘David Icke’s Childhood Kite’ spins a tale of regression and lunacy. It’s not music to show your mother, it’s the dirty little secret you hide up in your room.

By D. K. Goldstein

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Originally published in issue 17 (vol 3) of Loud And Quiet. May 2010