Two-piece craziness! I was lucky enough to catch this band in London in July 2006, opening for the Gossip. Akiko the singer/drummer was dressed in pink underwear and drummed and screamed and stomped around the stage and was an amazing whirlwind of energy. Simon the guitarist reminded me heaps of Brace Paine, I think it was the hair and the way he stood off to the side, a force unto himself, but letting her take the stage.
I was blown away by their raw style, it was like the best of riot grrrl (Huggy Bear etc) but threatening in a different way, it was like the riot mixed with something more dark and sexy.
The music was scrawling guitars and thudding drums, screamed vocals, a spontaneous performance that would appeal to lovers of noise: Yokel Ono style, diy/riot punk: the aforementioned Huggy Bear, and garage music alike (i.e. a great complement to the main act of the night, The Gossip – Akiko stood in the wings while they played, ecstatically dancing along and helped Beth Ditto with the “whoa whoa whooooa“s in “Standing in the Way of Control”).
Watching Comanechi, I knew I’d probably not see something like that again for a long while (and probably not til I go overseas again where people seem able to let loose on stage, or at least where the audience condones it).
Their website is great too:
Come to New Zealand Comanechi! You can play in the, uh, Schooner Tavern?...
Watch Comanechi “Death Of You”