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Dan Le Sac VS Scroobius Pip - Les Saints - Sept 23

Posted by Valerie / September 26, 2008

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UK-based team Dan Le Sac and Scroobius Pip have an interesting concept going on: one of them is a DJ while the other is a poet. They started out in 2007 with a catchy song called “Thou Shalt Always Kill” and released their first album, “Angels”, a few months ago.

Unfortunately, there were only a handful of people in the audience – maybe because the show was on a Tuesday night, maybe because Les Saints has a bad reputation, or maybe it was the really awful review Pitchfork gave the album a few weeks ago (0.2 out of 10, ouch!).

Still, Dan Le Sac and Scroobius Pip came prepared. The tall bearded poet (Pip) arrived on stage with a briefcase full of alcohol and accessories, such as: glasses and hats to perform a multiple identity song, a periodic table of the elements (yes they have a song about that), and a letter which he was reading for the track “A Letter from God”.

Scroobius Pip (his name comes from a poem called “The Scroobious Pip”) writes killer lyrics. However, the delivery of these lyrics becomes a little annoying after a while since Pip never sings and never raps – he just speaks. He is a captivating speaker, that’s for sure, but even if he recites with a lot of passion and intensity, it still becomes monotone for those who aren’t used to this type of performance.

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The music-maker, Dan Le Sac, is also talented. I enjoyed most of his beats and also liked his back vocals. On the other hand, his originality was not quite impressive – some tracks sounded like a simple copy of The Streets, while another entire track was sampled from Dizzee Rascal’s “Fix Up, Look Sharp”. (Maybe it was a coincidence, but after they finished, the CD they put on was... Dizzee Rascal.)

The first part of their set was a bit slower, especially when they were playing a depressing song about having a girlfriend who cuts herself, but the rest of the evening was quite upbeat. Another always pleasant ingredient of a show is when the band makes jokes, and these Brits were really good at it.

As usual, the sound at Les Saints was very disappointing, and as usual, Pitchfork exaggerated when they destroyed Dan Le Sac VS Scroobius Pip.
Because they haven’t been around as a duo for very long, I hope they find a more personalized sound over time. Until then, they remain top notch entertainers to me.

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