Second Tuesday night gig on the trot… It might be a trend… although highly contrasting in both venue and style…
The Ritz is an impressive venue, as teenagers we used ‘jump’ the train from Colwyn Bay on a Monday evening, get off at Oxford Road Station and drink, cavort and pogo the night away here. They were monthly punk-alternative discos that always ended with the Dambusters theme and we’d form a huge circle-pit of aeroplanes.


Ron Gallo
is on stage, he is a band and he looks like a cartoon character with his fuzzy hair under a baseball cap and children’s TV presenter clothing. The music is as good as the performance as he struts the strut in a garage-punk world drenched in present participle juxtaposing psychedelia. From being rhythmically disjointed to having driving bass runs to shouting ‘Do you love your company’ it all adds up to a great spectacle and would’ve happily gone home satisfied.


Sometimes you go for a meal and gorge so much on the starter that you spoil the main course… This would have been the case tonight had that main course been anything other than The Black Angels… I’m two albums in (three to get) and those albums ‘Passover’ and ‘Phosphene Dream’ have been a staple part of my playlist since I first heard Black Grease on Northern Star’s ‘Psychedelia’ compilation album in 2006. Having never seen a picture of this Texan band, your imagination draws an image; like the fit girl or boy on the phone (“fit on the phone – add two stone”). I imagined a middle-aged sleazy looking ensemble, perhaps scruffily dressed in a Django Unchained kind of way… Well, never judge a band by the sound… scruffy post-grad students would have been a more fitting description… Let’s not take anything away from both the music and performance; both were exactly what you wanted and more… The Black Angels have a garage and it’s painted all psychedelic, there’s no wishy-washy colours though, it’s as striking and contrasting as the visuals projected onto the stage tonight… You are compelled by the flawless sonority, the totemic feel you have and the spellbinding performance before you…