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"Delia's Diary"

Mini rock-operas with boy-girl swapsee attacking vox and barking choruses. Synth and guitar make a noise like an Andrew Lloyd webber musical orchestra gone bezerk - Artrocker website


"Subterraneans live - Louisiana Bristol"

While providing no support bands and playing a half-hour set may reek of stone roses style of punter treatment, The Subterraneans more than make up for this with a set which flits between Coral beat-pop, Talking Heads art-rock and Fugazi punk-vitriol. For all their generic influences, however, there is a redeeming energy here and the band stand above mere claims of being derivative and seamlessly weave tempo changes and offbeat interludes to create a fresh and playful setlist.
With guitarist Brian Mackay (a big haired replacement to fill the void left by Ralph/RLF) and the bassist Jean-Marc de Verteuil outputting clipped guitar and electric-shock dancing respectively - and hey, seemingly having a lot of fun - the band have two charismatic frontmen to engage the audience visually and aurally. Acting as the Hannibal Smith or the Sol Campbell of the team, the drummer's virtuoso performance provides a platform for the group to experement and remains a dynamic that, given time, may find the band spoken about in hushed tones.
Despite exhibiting a self-depreciating humour throughout the set, there remains an aura of confidence and a self-awareness of talent here; nonchalont yet not arrogant, knowing but not smug and rythmically tight but with room for scope and innovation.
With the Bristol/London four-piece's Cartesian-Centaur demo lacking some of the frenetic excitement of the live show (was it just the Smiles talking?), the EP still remains a charming, delicate affair in which the quirky lyrics and keyboardist Suzi Gage's low-key vocals come more to the fore. Although having the same name as a 1995 band creates the possibility of a legal wrangle and a name change to London Subterranean or The Velvet Subterranean (a la Verve or Suede), this band shouldn't remain critically subterranean for very long. (Matt Baird)
- Venue Magazine


"Cartesian Centaur ep review"

The Subterraneans describe their music as Mercurial, Desiccated Rock and while there is certainly a mythological theme to the song titles (even if the mythology isn`t based on Roman religion or focused specifically on the messenger Mercury) the sound is certainly more pop than rock.

Semantics aside, the first track "Legions of Eros" starts off with a quirky intro comprising of bouncing vocal duties between Suzi Gage and Jean-Marc de Verteuil before the main verse kicks in. There is a part after the initial verse with almost random noises that bring to mind old arcade games as well as frantic guitar chords.

The offbeat rhythm and vocal style of "Velocipedes" harks back to the electro pop days of the Buggles and the keyboard sounds also fit snugly with this comparison.


"Return of the Condor" features a guitar part that almost sounds backwards and has a stuttered flow to its rhythm that ensures the sound will never become background music. About two thirds of the way through the track an excellent break with staccato guitaring and dynamic drumming breaks up the limp of the song and is my favourite moment on the e.p.

Final song, "Hotel Terminus", is the first song to flow with a syncopated guitar pattern and almost standard structure. The vocal tennis that features heavily on this disk again stamps its trademark on this track with both sides overlapping on the other.


Suzi`s vocal is at it`s best in the more angsty moments, showing a certain plucky depth that is absent from the more off-the-wall talky parts.

With a sound that is not far from the likes of Toyah, Roxy Music and the Bosstones, The Subterraneans are like a busy street with lots of audio distractions. It can be quite confusing and I have to admit, it`s all a bit too disjointed and crazy for me, but it`s the kind of music that could get a big underground cult following.


- the mag fanzine


"Live at Metropol"

Kicking off the evening with a short set, watched by an audience on
the wrong side of sparse, local four-piece The Subterraneans cried out
as a band that deserves more. Seizing a collection of spiky but
carefully moulded rock nuggets, excitable singer Jean-Marc de Verteuil
demanded attention. Bouncing and whirling around the stage, he
generated enough energy in twenty-five minutes to power an entire
Strokes world tour. The band's musical agenda appeared to be as
difficult to pin down as he was, with art-rock sliding into beat-pop
in a web of syncopated rhythms and tempo-changes. Driven by the
tireless fret-work of guitarist Brian Mackay (who despite moving like
some kind of musical Thunderbird can certainly write a riff) the songs
were by turns incomprehensible and anthemic, but constantly
unpredictable. No, they weren't as tight as they should be, they're
not models, and Suzi Gage's vocals blurred the boundary between
penetrating and irritating, but they were exciting. A bit more energy
from the other side of the stage and these guys could come into their
own.

Dom Reynolds
- Decode Fanzine


Discography

Cartesian Centaur ep (white label)
- Legions of 'eros played on radio 1

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