RBRBR, Yoshi and Supersonic Sims (3 stars)

RBRBR, Yoshi and Supersonic Sims

Another new night, another line up of new musical contenders and Edinburgh’s Supersonic Sims are clearly an eye and ear-catching new talent, although not quite the finished article. With bold images of the singer plastered across the video screen in the background, his set – a kind of extended, one-man mix of Calvin Harris and Dizzee Rascal’s hook up – is interrupted by bashful apologies that he doesn’t have his backing dancers and singer with him. Work with what you’ve got, young man.

Despite boasting a singer in a Spider-Man mask and a decent take on the Happy Mondays’ most funk-ridden moments, Fife’s Yoshi are the least immediately engaging act on the bill. That’s quite the opposite of Edinburgh’s RBRBR, finally, who know how to make an impression. Turned out with strings of fairy lights wrapped round their bodies, the aurally impressive Beta Band soundalikes are memorably accompanied by a ninja and a US fighter pilot on tambourine section duties in the background.


The Broken Jukebox, Wee Red Bar, Edinburgh, Wed 29 Apr


1. Joyce Smith16 May 2009, 5:17pm5 stars RBRBR, Yoshi and Supersonic Sims Report

I was supposed to go along to this night but didn't make it, so I was quite interested to read this 'review' - for want of a better word.

I haven't had the pleasure of seeing the Supersonic Sims before so I can't comment on these guys. I have however seen Yoshi and RBRBR, both on more than one occasion.

This lacklustre review doesn't do justice to either of these bands. I can only assume you had a hangover or were pressed for time when writing this article.

Comparing RBRBR to the Beta-band is, well, just lazy. A more thoughtful analysis of what the band sound like might be more useful for those who haven't seen them before. Not everyone digs the Beta Band (me included), but I do like RBRBR.

Likewise the Happy Mondays comparison for Yoshi is at best unimaginative. The last time I caught Yoshi in action was at the BOX in Glasgow on Easter Sunday. Judging from the number of people dancing about to their set, they certainly seemed to be *engaging* the crowd and easily stood out from the usual predictable indie bands that the BOX seems to attract.

However, seeing as you seem to be fixated on how things look, maybe the music comes second for you. Ever considered writing about fashion instead of music?

For anyone else reading this article wanting to make up their own minds about these bands, here's some links:



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