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Violet is a solo project masquerading as a band, understandably so considering the cynicism that

would meet the suggestion of going to see Pixie Geldof sing in a Dalston basement. For anyone in it for

the car crash, though (and considering the audience seems to be made up largely of Geldof’s friends, there

really aren’t many), are sorely disappointed. Geldof can certainly sing – better, even, than you’d expect the

young a-criticism-magnet to. She begins with new single ‘Y.O.U.’, a sweetly lolloping love song that

sounds like a Lily Allen desert session track. Then, another one. And another. And, yeah… The rest of

Violet – all boys – sit on their amps and try and succeed to not pull focus from their singer in her

Shirley Manson leopard print. They’re sitting ultimately because of the lack of space down here, but

it suits this kind of building road music, made for upturned barrels and out houses. Like their singer, they

sound faultless. The songs, however, don’t. Far from bad, they just all sound remarkably similar – like

Howling Bells slow tracks. It all sounds a bit ‘bought
in’. It all sounds a bit masquerading

Amongst a landslide of sludge riffs and Napalm Death references, you can just about make out Daniel

Devine’s cries of “fuckin” throughout Flat’s debut album.

There seem to be other lyrics too, sneered with very English (and very Crass) contempt, but God knows what they are.

Flats began as a mod-bashing British hardcore band – now they’re an everythingbashing, doomy metal group.

The reason it doesn’tn work quite as well as their earliest EP is because for all the rage and paddy-throwing,

Devine is surprisingly forgettable, then annoying, then forgettable again.
‘Better Living’ thrashes on, proudly touting its underground hard rock

influences, quickly mushing into one long slew of indecipherable bar chords

rampages, all the while Devine making little sense. Most of the tracks are named after ballroom dances

(‘Foxtrot, ‘Tango’, ‘Shuffle’), which is pretty funny, but you have to ask, if Flats really are this angry, why aren’t we allowed to hear the lyrics?

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