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Loose Tubes

February

1986

NME

live review

 
 
LOOSE TUBES

Twickenham, Turk's Head

THERE ARE 22 of them, filling the stage and spilling into the audience. They are raggedy in appearance although not in sound, they have an average age of 24 and are, cautiously speaking, astounding.

Their music can focus on the dextrous skills of a particular member or it can zoom and resound with the velocity one would expect from a big band. They jump time signatures, flirt with disorderly harmonies and put salacious marks against a jazzologists list of reference points in a set which harbours elements of swing, ragtime, systems music, funk and even a rock'n'roll parody.

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