Live Music + Gig Reviews

Clor @ Fusion & Foundry, University, Sheffield

22 September 2005

At a time when technology seems to be changing the way we listen to music,it’s not surprising that many of tonight’s devoted Fuzz Club crowd are hereto simply see the hyped-up trendy band behind those cute Lego-man stylevideos. The fact that it is Freshers’ Week and Steve Lamacq is watchingfrom the side of the stage further induces the jumping-the-bandwagon indieclique to really get excited.

Sheffield-based French duo The Lovers warm up the evening with their ownbizarre yet endearing electropop, dividing the crowd and paving thequirky footpath for Brixton-based Clor. The synth beats of theheadline band are delicious at first, with a sprinklingof Devo yet a unique twist of originality.

Fusing primitive rhythms andtrance-like vocals, it’s sometimes hard to remember where one song ended andthe other started. Without sounding too much like an old age pensioner, toan untrained ear, much of Clor’s likeable music can sometimessound a tad too similar.

But, credit where credit is due, single Love & Pain makes you want to danceand cry at the same time due to its peculiar, fast-pased yet meloncholic electro guitar.Outsiders is rather fitting for tonight – all about finding love at your local indie disco.

Sadly,Clor seem to have lost many of their listeners for exactly that reason.You can spot the ones who haven’t yet copped off as they’re counting theirchange and saving up for Clor’s October release of their anticipated GoodStuff single. They’ll work out a dance routine to this little number to use when they nextsee someone that takes their fancy.

So by the end of their set, one question remains unanswered. Is itbetter to spend a student loan on watching Clor live, or easier to watchone of their music videos? With students not known for splashing their cash andtop-up fees just around the corner, perhaps things aren’t looking too brightfor the live band of the moment.

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