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Live review: The Computers at The Lexington, London, 21-01-2013


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The ComputersLike Cee-Lo Green meets The Cramps; The Computers prove that punk isn’t dead – it just grew a quiff and learnt to carry a melody.

It’s a cold Monday in snowy London, but frontman and guitarist Alex ‘Screaming Al’ Kershaw has more than enough energy to wake up the weekday crowd. The rest of the band take a back seat as all eyes follow Al’s journey through the crowd, across speakers, bars and ledges, pursued by an exasperated sound guy clutching microphone wires. He showers his adoring fans in sweat, shouts in their faces and shows off a voice Elvis would be proud of.

New single 'Disco Sucks' is a taste of their second album, due to be released in April. The suits-and-quiff combo has more than a sniff of the rock’n’roll about it and these influences are clear in the new material. But The Computers haven’t forgotten their punk roots. They’re the kind of live band that make you want to pierce your nose, get a tattoo and learn to play guitar. In other words, they’re the kind of band that there isn’t enough of in 2013. Let’s hope the next 12 months can change that.


'Disco Sucks' will be released on One Little Indian, 4th Feb 2013


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