Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Review: Le Galaxie - Free gig Whelan's Friday 11th June

Le Galaxie are a fierce electro-rock quartet. Aggressive, swaggering and ardent, from the first beat to the last. Live drums, bass, guitar, and synths align beautifully with programmed beats synths and samples. Michael Galaxie is a distinctive front-man: captivating, Shaman come ringmaster. Demanding your attention. begoggled glaring eyes or microphone in hand he pounds his body around the cramped stage. Anthony Galaxie the Brian Eno type figure to his left is surrounded by a raft of equipment which he jumps too and from frequently like a mad scientist; While bassist David Galaxie has shimmied himself into a state of indie bliss.

The Le Galaxie sound is a mix of Zodiak Free Arts Center era Berlin, Gary Numan, Kraftwerk, Bowie instrumentals and Devo with more modern references to Daft Punk and Goose. Two songs in and the crowd is hooked, applause is loud and dancing soon becomes mandatory. In this battle of humans Vs machines the audience is the winner. LA Galaxie are a highly recommended treat, catch them live before they hit lightspeed.

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