Two Wounded Birds – Live

12 Oct

Green Door Store:Wednesday, October 3

On the first night of a nationwide tour, Two Wounded Birds proved to be a glorious mass of influences and contradictions.

Not only does the front man go by the moniker of Johnny Danger – even though the most risqué thing he did was swig his red wine straight from the bottle – but they frequently resembled a West Coast Californian surf-pop band – albeit with a dash of youthful angst – despite their pale faces giving way to the fact they formed in East Kent.

The Margate four piece might be strangers to the sun, but they quickly showed they were on more than nodding terms with some scorching tunes.

Opener Night Patrol featured faux-horror chiming chords, twanging across marching drums as Danger languidly drooled over the top, before the soaring melodies on the poppier, sway-along To Be Young simultaneously exposed the technical frailties yet inherent charm in his voice.

Despite playing for little more than 30 minutes, there was still time for some Buzzcocks-style pure power pop on Together Forever, a beefed-up croon-along, a doo-wop doppelganger seemingly from a 50s prom and an infectious new song clearly precision-targeted at the radio A-list.

On reflection, this really shouldn’t work. In reality, it was something pretty special.

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