Gig review by John Kennedy / Gig Photos by Ian Dunn

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Fickle Twin suck on the septic teat of Anger-Core/Bellicose Snot-Splatter, Depth-Charged Bass and tantrum-fixated guitar Feed-Cack.

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Distortion being the default setting sound-mix – one suspects they may have got their gear as a job-lot from next door’s burnt-down Cash Converters’ fire-sale. If not possibly during the actual fire itself.

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Their vocalist (and he gave us several reasons to believe he actually might be) blew wind in to the face of caution and mingled with the early-arrival crowd expostulating his tortured agony by reminding us on several occasions that they were from Derby. Evidently a troubled town.

Liverpool trio, Mind Mountain, eschewing the need of vocals, are seriously into late 60s Progressive/Blues.

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Approximately a half-hour set and we think there were probably three numbers. Think very early Jethro Tull with Mick Abrahams’ feral mayhem Cat’s Squirrel.(This Was, 1968).

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Think The Edgar Broughton Band and Bakerloo Blues Line: if your parents don’t have these albums then check your birth-certificate for clumsy eraser amendments. This was extemporized, free-guitar extended jamming. Think Iron Butterfly – and then ask yourself why you still haven’t heard Eccentric Man by The Groundhogs. Be honest now…

Black Market Karma are a rambling retro-Hippy-fest psychedelic melange d’six Freak-Out.

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With fistfuls of plangent guitar reverb, delay, flangers and possibly monkey-tennis tape-loops it was all together beautiful. Imagine an extended Stoned-Henged extemporised riff on Oasis’s To Be Where There’s Life and 1967 Status Quo Pictures Of Matchstick Men. Frightening, isn’t it?

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Sadly, just as their mystic mojo got rising the kick-drum broke and it went a bit wobbly as they tried to get it fixed. Perhaps they did but the magic was dissipated. Rule number 1 guys…what goes on stage – stays on stage. Just blag it. What do the punters know? A great evening – and well done you promoters & Flower Power Records (no surprise there!).

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