How lo can you go?

Lo-Fidelity Allstars

The Concorde, Brighton

The most telling indication of who the are occurs at the bar before they have even walked on stage.

After that, sense is impossible as an onslaught of high decibels comes with a collage of record scratching, samples and psychedelic vocals.

"Being trendy is... well really trendy people just don't care," come the words of wisdom. This particular night justifies this. The older fans , metalheads, hip-hoppers with the baggy trousers and skimpy skirts courtesy of house music fans are all united. Not caring about anything. Just happy to be here - together.

They surge as one when funk music courtesy of the keyboard man, `Sheriff Jon Stone' aka Matt begins the set.

There is a lull before bringing on the noise from the scratching and sampling of Albino Priest Phil, the bullet shielding drumming of `The Slammer' aka Johnny, (relative) moments of sanctity from the bass player A One Man Crowd Called Gentilee Andy, and the sprawling lyrics and the drawling voice of `Wrecked Train' Dave. The Lo Fidelity Allstars are unique in more than stage names. Only two singles released but major record labels are flapping cheque books in a frenzy not seen since Oasis.

After the first single, Kool Roc Bass the Lo-Fis toured with The Seahorses and had the nod from old-timers Primal Scream. Daily they turn down the chance to do remixes for the more mainstream likes of Robbie Williams and Iggy Pop.

The Lo Fis are something your mother definitely wouldn't understand. And when in the throes of puberty, you don't understand why all these raving feelings are throbbing in your body either.

The first track is a remix of Pigeonhead (industrial noise), barely recognisable as cut on top with five different types of music: the hip- hop of the scratching, the dance influence in the samples, the indie guitars and the punk vocals.

There hasn't been this kind of dancing seen since itching powder was a ruse at school. By the second song those whose legs and arms aren't akimbo appear stunned at the co-ordination of so many different sounds.

And as if the wall of sound was not enough, they have a little dabble with psychedelia.

The performance comes to its end with mixes of the new single `Disco Machine Gun Pts 1 & 2'. The DJ's head hasn't stopped bobbing and now the vocalist is having trouble dropping his rock-star swagger to let the samples take precedence.

The bass player moves near him as if to say, "Stay cool mate. No don't sing yet." Working together they have as much energy as the powerful punk- paste noise produced.

The Lo Fidelity Allstars should carry this health warning: these are the people who have exploded the history of music and taken the pieces of psychedelic 60s, stapled it to the physiological effects of 80s acid house, and dropped into the late 70s punk with all the unleashed anger that entails.

How could anyone understand?

Jennifer Rodger

Suggested Topics
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Life and Style
ebookA wonderful selection of salads, starters and mains featuring venison, grouse and other game
Independent
Travel Shop
the manor
Up to 70% off luxury travel
on city breaks Find out more
santorini
Up to 70% off luxury travel
on chic beach resorts Find out more
sardina foodie
Up to 70% off luxury travel
on country retreats Find out more
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs General

    Operations Manager

    competitive: Progressive Recruitment: I am currently recruiting for an Operati...

    Project Coordinator/Order Entry, Security Cleared

    £100 - £110 per day + competitive: Orgtel: Project Coordinator/Order Entry Ham...

    Senior Digital Marketing Executive

    £35000 - £45000 Per Annum: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd: Our client based i...

    Junior Developer- CSS, HMTL, Bootstrap

    competitive: Progressive Recruitment: A leading company within the healthcare ...

    Day In a Page

    Save the tiger: The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

    The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

    The big cats kept in captivity to perform for paying audiences and then, when dead, their bodies used to fortify wine
    A former custard factory, a Midlands bog and a Leeds cemetery all included in top 50 hidden spots in the UK

    A former custard factory, a Midlands bog and a Leeds cemetery

    Introducing the top 50 hidden spots in Britain
    Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

    Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

    How a disease that has claimed fewer than 2,000 victims in its history has earned a place in the darkest corner of the public's imagination
    Chris Pratt: From 'Parks and Recreation' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

    From 'Parks and Recreation' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

    He was homeless in Hawaii when he got his big break. Now the comic actor Chris Pratt is Hollywood's new favourite action star
    How live cinema screenings can boost arts audiences

    How live cinema screenings can boost arts audiences

    Broadcasting plays and exhibitions to cinemas is a sure-fire box office smash
    Shipping container hotels: Pop-up hotels filling a niche

    Pop-up hotels filling a niche

    Spending the night in a shipping container doesn't sound appealing, but these mobile crash pads are popping up at the summer's biggest events
    Native American headdresses are not fashion accessories

    Feather dust-up

    A Canadian festival has banned Native American headwear. Haven't we been here before?
    Boris Johnson's war on diesel

    Boris Johnson's war on diesel

    11m cars here run on diesel. It's seen as a greener alternative to unleaded petrol. So why is London's mayor on a crusade against the black pump?
    5 best waterproof cameras

    Splash and flash: 5 best waterproof cameras

    Don't let water stop you taking snaps with one of these machines that will take you from the sand to meters deep
    Louis van Gaal interview: Manchester United manager discusses tactics and rebuilding after the David Moyes era

    Louis van Gaal interview

    Manchester United manager discusses tactics and rebuilding after the David Moyes era
    Will Gore: The goodwill shown by fans towards Alastair Cook will evaporate rapidly if India win the series

    Will Gore: Outside Edge

    The goodwill shown by fans towards Alastair Cook will evaporate rapidly if India win the series
    The children were playing in the street with toy guns. The air strikes were tragically real

    The air strikes were tragically real

    The children were playing in the street with toy guns
    Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite – The British, as others see us

    Britain as others see us

    Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite
    How did our legends really begin?

    How did our legends really begin?

    Applying the theory of evolution to the world's many mythologies
    Watch out: Lambrusco is back on the menu

    Lambrusco is back on the menu

    Naff Seventies corner-shop staple is this year's Aperol Spritz