The Chinaski Effect and The Lp's at The Prince of Wales
By Beccy Melling
It was my first visit to the Prince of Wales, and I was pleasantly surprised. It’s a small, intimate venue that leaves the audience no option but to participate, or leave, there is no escaping the music!
Luckily, there was no need to escape, as first up were newcomers The Lp’s, a Camborne trio consisting of Phil Marshall on guitar and vocals, Craig Broad on bass and Luke James on drums. Roused by the enthusiasm of the capacity crowd they launched into their set. It was the first time I’ve seen the Lp’s, and they certainly made an impression, nodding to their influences (Sonic Youth, Pavement, Lemonheads and Pixies) whilst retaining an original sound. Phil’s was the kind of soulful voice that made you aware of the lyrics, and their set combining the wit of “Sally” (a girl with comedy breasts) with their heartfelt final song “Linus”, about a girl who thinks the world is against her.
This song stood out from an impressive set, and being their most recent can only indicate that better things are yet to come from a band still in its conception stages.
The Lp’s evoked such a crowd response, they are unlikely to be a support band for long, and as they grow in confidence they should set the local circuit alight.
The crowd were now buzzing with expectation, and when The Chinaski Effect took to the stage, they didn’t disappoint. The St Austell boys (Kev Pearce - vocals/guitar, Alex Stenhouse - guitar/backing vocals, Matthew Duggan - Bass and Chris Morley - Drums) were promoting their Ep, a back catalogue of Chinaski nostalgia now available at www.amazon.co.uk and Solo Music in Truro.
Their set was littered with old favourites but also gave tantalising glimpses at their new direction. This is a band that has grown and developed their sound, the anger and crashing melodies are no longer the focal point of all their songs, an exciting dynamism is surfacing as the band mature, with songs such as “Mr Soft” and “Jevo” highlighting the bands diversity, and showcasing a softer vocal from lead singer Kev.
Their new sound has been given the moniker “Evo”, or evolved hardcore, and their songs are not the only thing that has evolved in the Chinaski camp. On stage banter had the audience laughing with them, and the new relaxed confidence was evident in the ownership they stamped on the stage.
Old favourites “Daddy-Oh” and “Alibi” got the crowd moving, and by the time the band reached its triumphant finale with “Megatron Star Alliance” the dancing crowd were oblivious to the beer they were sloshing around!
That time of night, the time where all you can hear is the ringing in your ears, came far too soon.
Added: Friday, April 28, 2006