Chaos The­ory Proper

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Music Reviews - TONY CLAY­TON-LEA

There’s a gen­eral rule of thumb in the Clay­ton-Lea house­hold - any band that has in its ranks a didgeri­doo player is go­ing to get their march­ing or­ders. Bark­ing out a short, sharp “no!” to the didgeri­doo as an in­stru­ment of lis­ten­ing plea­sure is some­thing that The Lev­ellers – a UK good­time/ fes­ti­val act that come across as a mix­ture of Hawk­wind, a wa­tered-down Clash and Ir­ish fu­sion band Kíla – clearly can­not face. This value-for­money two-disc set fea­tures a full live show (at Read­ing’s Hexagon Theatre last year) where the band prove how much of a draw they are on the live cir­cuit. More en­er­getic and en­thu­si­as­tic than ex­cit­ing, The Lev­ellers know how to please the loyal fans. But you get the feel­ing that any act play­ing such a theatre is ei­ther on the way up or down. Ex­tras are plen­ti­ful and in­clude an acous­tic gig, tour diary, band in­ter­views and chin­wags with the fans. There’s bang for your buck, then, but only if you’re a fan. www.lev­

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