Joe Lean & The Jing Jang Jong / Cheeky Cheeky & The Nosebleeds / Team Waterpolo
53 Degrees Preston - 20.1.08

With bands like Vincent Vincent & The Villains and performers such as as Richard Hawley bringing back rockabilly it's a joy seeing Ipswich's Cheeky Cheeky & The Nosebleeds carrying on this great tradition. Their raggamuffin charm, shouty vocals, buzz saw guitars and rough and ready sound is exciting, vibrant and fresh. Offbeat lyrics like "she went to a party and set herself on fire" are wickedly inventive.

Last November at this very venue Team Waterpolo played a gig that had as many A&R men as genuine fans. After half an hour in their company designer Magazine can see why. They are great unadulterated electro pop rock with the swagger of The Automatic, the funkiness of the Go Team and tunes The Whip would be proud of. The mood is upbeat and hailing from Preston this homecoming gig is rammed. "It's Our Life" is a bit heavier but still melodic while "Square One" has some quality harmonies and incredibly bass line. This band are gonna go far.

Having drummed with the Pipettes and acted in small parts in TV sitcoms like Nathan Barley, Joe Lean and his band The Jing Jang Jong have opened for Babyshambles, toured alongside the Cribs and supported CSS. As the surf guitar, Pulp Fiction inspired 50s style instrumental "Tough Terrible" is played the pale, slightly built frontman appears with his mad icy stare and ironic dancing. He may ooze charisma from every pore of his skeletal frame with his theatrical poses and swaggering demeanour but his voice is very weak, extremely low in the mix and barely audible. Joe Lean and The Jing Jang Jong owe a lot of their sound to early Smiths.

"Lucio Starts Fires" has a ripple of applause in recognition of being their debut single and is utterly spellbinding. "Why Did You Break My Heart" has the three chord majesty of The Jam.

An eager female fans at the front shouts out Bummer quite frequently which isn't an insult but the name of the drummer. While Tommy D dresses and looks like a victorian Noel Fielding in a dickensian period drama.

For headliners on their own tour JLATJJJ have the tunes and obviously stage presence but their lack of material is all too apparent. After final track "Baby" ends in feedback frenzy the band have only played a mere five minutes longer than the two supports. Still its early days and perhaps tonight less is more

Nicholas Paul Godkin

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