New Music Preview: Deadcuts – Nina Antonia celebrates the “perilous poetry and haunting riffs, feral mysticism and deadbeat glamour” of one of 2012’s most exciting new bands

Deadcuts' Jerome Alexandre and Mark Keds

Deadcuts' Jerome Alexandre and Mark Keds

by Nina Antonia

At the crux of myth and fact, there is Deadcuts, featuring Mark Keds (guitar/vocals), Jerome Alexandre (guitar/vocals), Joni Belaruski (drums), Mark McCarthy (bass). Formed on the first full moon of 2012, Deadcuts are the new treason; a fresh palette from a weary metropolis. Following sold out shows at London’s Signal Gallery and the Macbeth, Deadcuts’ Mark Keds and Jerome Alexandre are playing as a duet for a one-off appearance at the Plectrum-The Cultural Pick Live Edition: Love in Peril, at The Horse Hospital, Colonnade, Bloomsbury, London WC1 on Thursday, 10th May 2012.

Comprising perilous poetry and haunting riffs, Deadcuts encapsulate a feral mysticism and deadbeat glamour. From the Senseless Things to Jolt, the wraith like Keds has exerted an influence on the English music scene for more than a decade. He is the silent voice on the Libertines eponymously titled second album, having co-written, Can’t Stand Me Now, and can affect the tide of modish change with a lyric and a line-up as the mood takes him. Deadcuts guitarist Jerome Alexandre cut his teeth with The Skuzzies, whose debut, self-titled CD garnered praise in Classic Rock, Art Rocker, and Vive Le Rock. More recently, he appeared in Richard Wolsencroft’s film, The Second Coming, with co-collaborator, Peter Doherty. They are sepia and nightfall, a scalding declaration of intent, the spectres come to take the crown.

Nina Antonia’s first book, Johnny Thunders – In Cold Blood (Cherry Red Books), has now been in print for 24 years, gaining cult status with each decade. During the writing of the book between 1982 and 1987 Nina became good friends with Thunders when he spent time in London. When it was updated in 2000, the NME hailed it as, ‘a gorgeously sordid biography’. The book marked the beginning of an off-kilter journey that has transcended the boundaries of rock journalism culminating in a collection of outsider literature, including her equally acclaimed biographies of The New York Dolls (Omnibus), Peter Perrett (SAF), and her glam memoir, The Prettiest Star (SAF). She is currently working on her new book, Jeunesse Brulee,  which features an introduction by Peter Doherty.

DEADCUTS’ MARK KEDS and JEROME ALEXANDRE are playing a special electro-acoustic set at the P-TCP Live Edition: Love in Peril, which also features literary rock ‘n’ roll with NINA ANTONIA, who will be ‘in conversation’ with the editor of P-TCP, GUY SANGSTER ADAMS, and telling electric guitar accompanied doomed love stories of the jeunesse brulee (burned youth) of the 1960s/1970s. Plus screenings of two short films in which love takes its chances on the streets of London, CROSSFIRE  (Ed Edwards, 2011, 9 mins), which was filmed on location amidst the civil unrest on the streets of central London in 2011, and will be introduced by the film’s producer, SAM EDWARDS, and THE ROCKING HORSE (James Scott, 1962, 25 mins), screening by arrangement with the BFI, filmed on location on the streets of London’s Soho and West End in 1959-1960.

P-TCP Live Edition: Love in Peril, Thursday 10th May, at The Horse Hospital, Colonnade, Bloomsbury, London WC1. Doors open 7.30pm.
Advance tickets: £5/£4 (concs):
On the door: £7/£6 (concs)
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