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Brighton Noise Review Negative Pegasus Supporting Moon Duo

'The drummer’s relentless beat led the way as acid visuals flowed upwards, and the bass-less guitarists followed her lead.'

 

We all have our prejudices.

One of mine is to smile on small bands and small drum kits.

Just five people put on an extraordinary night at the Green Door Store in front of a big crowd.

As a venue it can have a bleak feel. But both bands projected their own images onto the tarnished white brick backdrop. It turned a Tuesday night into a psychedelic cinema. And this wall of light was backed by a wall of sound from both bands.

Three piece Negative Pegasus, soon to release their debut LP on Ireland’s oddly named Smalltown America, opened. The drummer’s relentless beat led the way as acid visuals flowed upwards, and the bass-less guitarists followed her lead. There was no break on this long march; compositions connected and vocals submerged in the squall of sound. You’d do well to break your step to see them.

Moon Duo brought in a large following for their lunatic duality. Two bands in one. The first: big sound rhythmic loops from basic synth drums and rhythm guitar. Glorious stuff. But the synth drums began to ring hollow after hearing Negative Pegasus beating real skin. Fantastic monochrome visuals entranced us all.

Then the visuals turned to colour and the moon showed its dark side. Long trippy stuff, improved by the frame of the flowing back drop, but hippie self-indulgence . The audience seemed pleased to go with them on their trip elsewhere. A magical mystery to me

Then, switching visuals back to monochrome, Moon Duo bi-polarised into their rhythmic grip once more. It gets a hold on you, pulling you towards their launch pad. Turn themselves into Moon Trio, by getting in a live drummer, and they’ll lift off.

 

 

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