Comanechi and Divorce
Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh, Thu 23 Sep 2010
Glasgow all-girl (bar one bloke) punk outfit Divorce and London boy-girl garage duo Comanechi (pictured) are calling their musical ménage-a-deux a ‘marriage of filth’. That’s not a bad tag line for these increasingly inseparable bands that boast distinctive but not dissimilar trash sensibilities and an equally ferocious live sound. They are also currently promoting their new split 10” release (on the flipside of which the bands come together to make a right racket on their cover of Sonic Youth’s ‘Death Valley 69’).
The bands’ second double-headlining gig at Sneaky’ Pete’s this year is just as riotous as their appearance in January, onstage at least. (The crowd could do with a bit more warming up than either support, Run Off With Gypsies and Jackie Treehorn, were able to generate.) Nevertheless, Divorce terrorise the audience with an ultra-abrasive workout that tries hard but fails to drown out singer Sinead Youth’s throat-shredding wail. And despite the tiny venue having thinned out somewhat for Comanechi, guitarist Brian Petrovich’s walls of fuzz and diminutive Japanese singer-percussionist Akiko Matsuura’s blistering drumming and charmingly pitch-imperfect vocals bring this honeymoon in hell to an appropriately shagged-out conclusion.