Dai Lo / Cynical Smile

Nottingham Rock City

January 30 1999


Well, I think Iíve decided to erase this week. Stress popped a cheeky left hook in, and to be honest, I want to shoot most people at the moment.

Cynical Smile seem to maybe have a little problem. They havenít made the progress I expected them to make. By that I just mean in the public eye, not musically. Thereís not many around to see them, though thereís a few down in the front who are doing their best to kick the shit out of each other. Call me a wussy or a pussy if you want, but if I want to flail my arms like a shite boxer, Iíll get in the ring and do it. If I want to pick people up and throw them around, Iíll start playing rugby again. Not at a gig. Iím all for people getting a pit going and enjoying it, but thereís a point where it just becomes a macho piece of shit, trying to show how big you are. And thatís a waste of time. I mean, if I put my fist in someones face if they were to hit into me or try and drag me in, theyíd probably be a bit upset about it and want to make an issue out of it. So why should anyone wanting to dance or slam have to put up with it from them? Maybe itís the music of CS that does it, or maybe someone just ODíed on the macho tabs this morning. Some new material is mixed in with tracks from the album, such as Methadone and Gunga-din, and itís good. But it was workmanlike almost, and the next album is going to be critical. Things end with DJ Stinky joining them for a hip-hop song, which may, or may not be an indication of the future.

Dai Lo, Iíd not heard about until a week ago. Then I got hold of some demo tracks, and was I looking forward to this? Oh yeah, even with Mr Stress taking up residence. See, Dai Lo are refreshing in the current climate. Playing a style I like, this takes the accessible moments of Faith No More and Incubus and wraps them in with some great songs. Itís only 30 minutes, but in this time they get through Target, with itís strange rhythm half way through, World of Me, Junkmale, from the new Org compilation CD, and Twist The Knife, which is an awesome song. Plus some others whose names I donít know. Itís easy going and fun, ďif everyone makes a little noise, then together we can make a big noiseĒ reckons the vocalist (nope, donít know the name at the moment). About half way through, the calm and enjoyment is interrupted by Machismo II - The Revenge, as the Welsh lads return to prove that, if we need some muscle in the five nations, there is plenty running around back home.

Dai Lo took the honours. By a long way. I like this band. I like this band a lot.