Coin Op, in an all-too-short 7 minutes worth of concert recorded at One Live in Brighton and hosted by none other than John Peel on October 30, 2003. Although only seven minutes was broadcast on this day, Peel indicated the whole set was recorded and would be played at a later date – but exactly when, I have no idea. Suffice to say, this tantalizing snippet certainly whets the appetite and hopefully a search will show up the rest of it.
Coin Op (from their Facebook page):
The UK based quartet have released a number of singles on Fierce Panda as well as the mini album ‘Friendly Fire’. Their debut single ‘Democracies’ (no.19 in John Peel’s Festive 50 2002) was the chosen theme for MTV Europes weekly music show, ‘The Fridge’ – on which the band also appeared live. Coin-Op have also recorded radio sessions for XFM, Virgin and Radio 1, which included a hectic day at Maida Vale recording sessions for both Steve Lamaq and the late great John Peel.
In 2003 the band played the BPI’s UK Showcase night at Austin’s SXSW, sharing the bill with Kaito, British Sea Power and The Darkness – as well as a U.K. tour supporting The Inspiral Carpets, including a sellout show at Londons Brixton Academy. Other live forays have seen the ‘Op’ bag support slots with the likes of: The Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs, The Rapture, Trans Am, Death Cab for Cutie, and The Polyphonic Spree – whilst somehow still remembering their passports to play festivals in both Sweden and Spain.
Their eccentric brand of art rock was once described by the N.M.E as “a retro futurism made by Devo-friendly dorks!” – Kerrang! also described the band as having, “arty leanings and a natural born obtuseness” – whereas Organ described the Coin-Op sound as, “The Fall and Clinic going mad in a fairground”. Other comparisons have been to Pavement, The Pixies and The Cardiacs.
Until we can find the rest of it, crank this excerpt up and enjoy the show.