The Cooper Temple Clause with support from Kaito
(19/07/04 Band On The Wall, Swan Street, Manchester)
When Norwich meets Brighton it usually results in a resounding bore draw with little or no action. Tonight's openers; Kaito who boast representatives from both of the aforementioned cities gladly redress the balance. They not so much warmed up the crowd, but frazzled them with their brand of Bjork meets Chicks On Speed vocals and bellowing provided by Nikki Colk, ably assisted with some undecipherable yet quirky and compelling backing from Gemma Cullingford, who also contributed bass lines that bounced around the tight venue leaving onlookers fascinated. The finishing touch to this captivating sound is provided via compressed Erase Errata mingled with The Libertines guitar riffs, most noticeable in the new song 'Julian', but also prevalent in the tracks from their latest sizzling sixteen track album; 'Band Red'. Possessing the mysteriousness of a V.V. Kills, the stern nature of a Patti Smith and the almost haunting vocals of a P.J. Harvey; Nikki Colk helped to keep the Coopers' hungry crowd as riveted as the nation on Big Brother eviction night.
Writer's block is something that has plagued everyone from Sylvia Plath to Paul Weller and is a bug that eats away at your soul until it is given to the devil on a plate. The cure for this affliction according to guitarist and principal lyricist of The Cooper Temple Clause (TCTC); Daniel Fisher, is to write a razor sharp and succinct song about it; 'The Same Mistakes' making for a perfect set opener. Also, included early on was another highlight track from their popular second album 'Kick Up The Fire, And Let The Flames Break Loose', a whirlwind of keyboards, guitars and lyrics telling of the frailty of relationships against the strain of