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Preview; VIC GODARD & SUBWAY SECT The Williamson Tunnels.

Byline: Jade Wright

VIC Godard has forged his own trajectory since emerging from the 100 Club punk scene of 76 where Subway Sect debuted alongside contemporaries The Clash and Sex Pistols.

Their garage sound and sense of melody set them apart from the usual run-of-the-mill punk acts that joined the conveyor belt that year. Indeed, by the time their debut album What's The Matter Boy? was released, Godard and the Sect had tempered their sound to a more pop based mix.

The 1980s saw Vic Godard experiment with swing and Motown. However, it's his association with Orange Juice and Fire Engines which defined the Subway Sect as purveyors of abrasive, catchy melodic punk pop. Edwyn Collins has long championed the musical genius of Godard, producing three albums for him, and inviting him on board to provide backing vocals on the classic Collins hit Girl Like You in 1994.

The successful release of 1978 Now in 2007, the second on Overground Records (the first in 1996 was We Oppose All Rock and Roll), saw Godard and Subway Sect return to their initial punk sound deconstructing the earliest songs to their initial primitive roots.' Vic is currently playing the best music of his career with a superb line up of musicians and his latest album We Come as Aliens was released last year. He plays the Williamson Tunnels next month.

"The songs have been evolving since the mid 1990s, with the exception of Francoise Hardy's Et Meme, which I have wanted to record since '77," says Vic. "Some of the tracks have been included in live sets over the years with the various Sects, the oldest being Ne'er which I used to do when Bitter Springs were masquerading as Subway Sect.

Takeover, Best Album, Et Meme and That Train have been part of the live set for a while now.

"A couple of years ago I recorded a demo of Et Meme and That Train with the Wet Dog Sect, nothing came of it because the line up changed a couple of times but once I had Mark, Kev and Gary on board I knew I had the group to record."

? Vic Godard & Subway Sect play The Williamson Tunnels on Saturday, September 10 at 8pm. Tickets pounds 8 from Probe Records (School Lane, Bluecoat Building) /
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Aug 10, 2011
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