Goxxip – DIY with Body & Soul
Great Googly Moogly… I saw The Gossip play live in Brussels just the other day and it was absolutely smashin’. They really made an impact. Gossip’s leading lady Beth Ditto is not just a great vocalist and performer but apparently she knows well how to tremble a sensitive snare - as we put it around these parts. Many young, gay and gravitairy challenged people look up to her and find her to be some kind of punk role model. Good for them. For a more down to earth straight person like me it’s all about the music and they really delivered with fire and soul. Or rather body and soul because you can’t overlook Gossip’s front lady. Her voice is the main attraction but her performance and appearance ad a lot of amusement value. She’s fun to watch. She’s small, round but all female and without any complexes about it. I think she has a great future ahead of her but so does the rest of the band. Their sound is sparse and primitive but nevertheless a real knockdown. They rave up Rock music and the final result shows again what R&R should really be and once was: some great dance music. I also hope their message gets across.
There is also another band currently mixing the Do It yourself attitude of punk(rock) with some Soul and Gospel: The Noisettes. I don’t know much about them but they caught my attention with their tribute to the early rock pioneer Sister Rosetta Tharpe.