Dean Wareham plays Galaxie 500 - Brudenell Social Club, Leeds - Gigs - Reviews - Soundblab

Dean Wareham plays Galaxie 500 - Brudenell Social Club, Leeds

by Andy Brown Rating: Release Date:

Galaxie 500 were active between 1987 and 1991 and released just three albums. They were astonishingly brilliant and, much like their beloved Velvet Underground, influenced all those who heard their strange, sad and beautiful songs. Dean went on to form Luna while the other members currently record under Damon and Naomi. Tonight, former singer Dean Wareham is playing Galaxie 500 songs with his wife Britta and another drummer in place of Damon Krukowski and Naomi Yang.

They open with the understated brilliance of 'Flowers' and it's hard not to smile as Dean sings, "…baby, you're a lunatic…" Dean introduces 'Strange' as a song about twinkies, they play 'Snowstorm' and my heart melts. These songs have soundtracked many a solitary moment, such is the personal nature of these tender compositions but tonight these songs are for everyone. They play 'Tugboat', one of the finest songs ever written and it's worth the entry fee alone. This is our music.

We get the tunes Galaxie 500 used to cover too; with Jonathan Richman's 'Don't Let Our Youth Go to Waste' sounding better than ever and New Orders 'Ceremony' getting a welcoming cheer of recognition. It's perhaps their cover of Yoko Ono's 'Listen, the Snow is Falling', sung wonderfully by Britta, which impresses the most however. It's easy to forget that Galaxie 500 were about more than the melancholy songwriting; these songs are filled with solos and a kind of subdued psychedelia.

Dean's amp blows/breaks seconds into 'Fourth of July' but they're back within minutes and it sounds huge, majestic even. They do their version of Nico's 'I'll Keep It with Mine' from their recent Andy Warhol project 13 Most Beautiful: Songs for Andy Warhol's Screen Tests and it's a welcome addition to an impeccable set.

Who knows what Damon and Naomi think of Dean touring these songs with other people but for me, us, the fans, this is simply a chance to hear our favourite songs live. In that sense, you really couldn't ask for more.

Comments (2)

This comment was minimized by the moderator on the site

saw them in Manchester a day later - will have to put my review of that on hold for a while - did you get to see Ringo Deathstarr in support - they were great in Manc!!

This comment was minimized by the moderator on the site

Yeah Ringo Deathstarr were great, all Mary Chain 'n' My Bloody Valentine vibes! Milk White Teeth were the other band and they were fairly decent too, could tell they liked Galaxie 500- like them mixed with an almost Talking Heads-esque funky...

Yeah Ringo Deathstarr were great, all Mary Chain 'n' My Bloody Valentine vibes! Milk White Teeth were the other band and they were fairly decent too, could tell they liked Galaxie 500- like them mixed with an almost Talking Heads-esque funky shuffle! A good night in all...

Read More
There are no comments posted here yet