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Review: Sotonian Starlets Arp Attack Take to the Stage

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Arp Attack once more brought their energetic live performance to Southampton’s alternative music venue the Soul Cellar, in a night that saw them play second on the bill to I Dream in Colour.

Led by Frankie Murdoch’s soulful vocals that mix gentle melody with funky licks and phrases that gleefully compliment the vast array of sounds that multi-tasking guitarist Chris Smallwood lays down, Arp (formerly Jazica) have really nailed down a style of their own. Blending the low-fi indie pop of bands such as the The Ting Tings with a heavy synth influence (think La Roux with more bite), Arp Attack have seen their reputation grow since losing their bassist last year, and in doing so have developed a stage presence all of their own.

When Frankie isn’t singing she’s dancing like an alley-cat inhabited by the spirit of Charlie Parker, and if Chris isn’t hammering away on his guitar he’s turning his hands to something else, be it tapping off a loop on the keys or making use of the electric drum kit. This is all backed up with some rather smart work on the sticks by Kevin Jones, who can keep a quick and complex beat going whilst staring calmly into the middle distance with the best of them.

On the evidence of yet another strong live performance and with the release of a new music video to boot (check out ‘Crocodile Tears’ on their official website www.arpattack.co.uk), this is one Southampton band whose star is definitely on the rise.

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