Young Marble Giants, Live At The Hurrah

Mark Paytress

By Mark Paytress

on 04.22.11 in Reviews
The final live shows of this shy, Cardiff-based trio.

Just 18 months after their live debut, this shy, Cardiff-based trio ended a brief November 1980 US tour with two nights at Hurrah in New York. Within days of returning home, the band split, leaving just a one album, one EP legacy. Young Marble Giants give the lie to the belief that post-punk was solely about funkified dissonance and agit-prop. For every mohicanned numbskull punk, there were a dozen idealists who rehearsed in bedrooms, shopped at Oxfam and rejoiced in the fact that anyone with enough cash to record a demo could make music. YMG — two lanky men flanking a demure, ponytailed girl singer — were classic introverts who made miniaturist, night-time music for lovelorn romantics. Stuart Moxham's songs, given a non-weird twist by the strangely detached tones of Alison Statton, never broke sweat — though Hole's astonishing cover of “Credit in the Straight World” made manifest the latent dynamics that lurked within. While the Colossal Youth album is always the first port of call, this farewell live set reprises much of it in characteristically nervy fashion.