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Review: Juliette Lewis and the Licks

Feb 16 2005

David James, South Wales Echo

 

Juliette Lewis and the LicksCardiff Barfly

YOU don't often see sexy Hollywood idols throw themselves into sweaty moshing crowds at small indie gigs.

Can you imagine Catherine Zeta Jones crowd-surfing in Cardiff's Barfly - a place students once complained was too loud?

Zeta doesn't like the idea of the unwashed masses living near her, never mind groping her.

Yet that's what Juliette Lewis did last night - after winding the Barfly crowd into a frenzy with her punk-rock band The Licks.

If you haven't heard of 31-year-old Miss Lewis, here's a quick biography.

She's the child star who legally separated herself from her parents at 14 and earned notoriety as the doe-eyed psychopath in Oliver Stone's Natural Born Killers.

She's a legend among movie buffs, a highly-rated actress and a pin-up.

Why would someone like that risk being compared to Keanu Reeves by playing in a dodgy guitar band?

But then you don't see Keanu trekking to a South Wales basement to entertain a few hundred students and punk fans.

Juliette Lewis may not be a natural born musician but she can sing, she is sexy, and she puts on a bouncing, shouting, headbanging, screaming performance.

Last night, she looked people in the eye. She shook her arms at them. She sang about "sexual frustration", swore at the crowd and danced like a maniac. The crowd loved her and she loved the adulation. Perhaps that's why she does it.

n Juliette Lewis and The Licks are releasing an EP at the end of the month.

 
 

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