Lee Ranaldo - Live Gallery At Scala, London

With support from The Men
Photos by Helen F. Kennedy

"One of the most powerful moments of the whole set arrived in the form of 'Hammer Blows', which on the record is a well-intentioned but not terribly interesting semi-acoustic ballad, but which was here moulded into a ferocious assault of wildly bowed guitar from Ranaldo, the hair on the bow being more or less shredded to mere whisps by the intense scraping against his guitar's metal strings; the relatively laconic Licht, ordinarily exuding a calm, earnest exterior in spite of the intensity of his fingers, responded by thrusting his guitar toward Ranaldo's own, the pair creating a cacophonous, but mostly controlled, demonstration of the shapes that distortion is capable of creating."

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