Et Tu Brute??? - Henry's Cellar Bar, Edinburgh, Wed 20 Mar 2013 (4 stars)

Avant-garage hardcore supergroup peddling intense and wilfully no-fi sound

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Et tu Brute??? - Henry's Cellar Bar, Edinburgh, Wed 20 Mar 2013 CHASING PHOTO

Et tu Brute appearing at The Cool Cat Club, Dundee. Photo: Manic Pop Thrills

Edinburgh scene super-groups don't come along every day, yet the arrival of Et tu Brute??? opening a four-band House of Crust bill headlined by Californian punks, Fracas, is a tantalising prospect. Initiated by Edinburgh School For the Deaf/St Judes Infirmary/Young Spooks/Naked auteur Grant Campbell and The Leg's Dan Mutch as a studio project, the pair have drafted in a rhythm section of Leg drummer Alun Thomas and former Sara and the Snakes guitarist Andy Brown to put flesh on the skinny-assed bones of Campbell and Mutch's avant-garage hardcore template.

With Campbell wielding a microphone/intercom set-up that looks and sounds like it was looted from a 1950s black cab, the muffled fuzz gives the words he reads from A4 sheets of paper a rawness that's accentuated by the band's wilfully no-fi sound helmed by Mutch's guitar, which is played relentlessly, veering off into all kinds of odd angles before barraging its way home.

Thomas' intricate guitar patterns give things an equally adventurous air, while Brown's meat and two veg bass playing recalls Steve Hanley during classic era Fall. Until he starts playing it with a cheese-grater, that is, which is when things really start to shake, rattle and roll.

The six-song set is all Et tu Brute??? have for the moment, but the hellfire intensity that pulses them is still worth getting stabbed in the back for.

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