Missy Lorelei reports back from the recent gig from the cult favourite.
You know when you have been Apple’d.
A packed-out Mono shakes and sweats to this incredible one-man machine--the legend that is Simeon Coxe III…and it’s enormous fun.
Imagine a giant coffee percolator in infinite space and you are halfway to getting the bubbling, whooshing sounds of the oscillator.
Beautiful sonic nursery rhymes like ‘You And I’ and ‘Fantasies’ have been revitalised using ringing samples and a relentless pulsing beat. His cover of Portishead’s ‘We Carry On’ even makes the dour Bristol trio sound playful!
Near-hit ‘Oscillations’ from the eponymous debut of course nearly takes the roof off, but ‘Contact’’s ‘A Pox On You’ is still my favourite with its foreboding chant and sci-fi swoop.
The songs are still vital and uncompromising some 42 years later and you cannot fault Coxe’s enthusiasm and energy- he has more than most men half his age- and he’s so charming.
“This is kinda a goofy song,” he giggles at one stage to the fevered cries for encores. “Uhh..I don’t think I have any more songs!”
The crowd will not let Simeon go- a mantra demanding more gets deafening.
Tonight, a cult king is reborn.
Silver Apples performed at Mono February 26 at Mono.