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It's you! It's me! It's DANCING!,
This review is from: Phonogram Volume 2: The Singles Club (Phonogram: the Singles Club) (Paperback)If you've ever felt the magic of dancing in a club where everyone feels the music, there's that palpable taste of something special happening, where the mix of music, people, dancing combine to create one of those life-affirming moments, well Gillen and Mckelvie's Singles Club will be a place you recognise. A small indie night in Bristol. Three rules. Only girl vocalists allowed. You WILL dance. No Magic. Seth Bingo and Silent Girl rule the booth (standout episode for me is Konichiwa Bitches, with an almost static frame of the dj booth and we only see Seth and Silent's side of most conversations. Mainly withering and very familar to someone who has both dj-ed and been on the receiving end of several of those withering blasts). The night is seen from the viewpoints of the key characters. Penny, who just wants to dance, prferably with Marc. Marc himself, who can't shift the ghosts in his head. Emily Aster (from Suburban Glamour/Rue Britannia) with her ice-queen bitchery. Seth and Silent: "You're not my vinyl Moses". Laura, Penny's plain friend who talks in Long Blondes quotations. Lloyd, who needs to move on from his Dexy's fixation. And finally Kid With Knife (from Rue Britannia) to round things off. Each ep adds another dimension to the night, layers are built up and things become more clear as you read on. Plus, it has a pretty precise storming soundtrack. Finally, a comic you can dance to. Seriously, this is beautiful stuff: it feels real, the fractured narrative dovetails so satisfyingly and McKelvie's art is just stunning. If you don't fall in love with one of the characters, you might as well be smooth from the waist down, like some real-life Action Man/Barbie. What more can I say: just bloody buy it so McKelvie and Gillen can carry on making art that really is art. Give it to the indie snob in your life and they will love you for at least as long as Bang Bang Machine's Geek Love. It's THAT good.
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