The Buffalo Club, London, 10 June 2004
playing gigs at smaller, spit and sawdust venues like Islington's
Buffalo Club it's important that a band have some kind of
presence to ensure they leave an impression on their audience.
Something to allow their music to elevate them a bit further
above the crowd than the four inches the tiny stage affords
them. Action Plan have the advantage of a frontman who appears
to be a hybrid between Gaz from Supergrass and the boy from
About a Boy and a drummer who looks like Patrick Kielty
would if he was in the world's first rugby team boyband
to help gain the crowd’s attention.
aside, their music is heavy and direct with occasional ska-tinged
Police references and mini forays into
experimental Radiohead territory; guitarist
Ian McCullagh making reverb-soaked psychedelic seagull noises
as he strokes his plectrum up and down the strings, skipping
frantically from one effects pedal to the next.
the lyrics? Well, as is often the case in small cave-like
cellar clubs they could not be heard to be honest but this
was an energetic lively performance and whatever the words
were frontman Nial Doherty seemed to passionately mean every
inaudible, drowned out one of them.
have the energy, the passion and, perhaps, the belief, it's
just a shame their name sounds like a government employment
scheme. Whether being a bunch of journalists will help or
hinder their career remains to be seen, repeating fellow
hack-band Gay Dad's brief pan-flash will
be something they no doubt wish to avoid, but one thing
we can assume from this is that they probably don't need
any assistance in getting media coverage for themselves…
so let's just leave it there for now.
- Ian Roullier, 06/2004