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Welsh Rock

JUST A STONE’S THROW away from Joe Orton’s old stomping grounds, the four man, one woman group Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci take the small stage of the Garage in Highbury Park. Though they’re all in their early to mid 20s, they make no concession to the Britpop uniform of ’70s retro and sports stripes. Dressed simply in T-shirts and jeans, they dive straight into the twists and turns of songs like “Paid Cheto Ar Pam” (Don’t cheat on Pam), “Miss Trudy,” and “The Game of Eyes”—Brian Wilson–like melodies interspersed with moments of furious trance rocking. Singer Euros Childs tosses his head and pumps his keyboard with all the insouciant charm of the Pied Piper.

Fresh from a short tour opening for the Manic Street Preachers (the previous generation of Welsh rockers), Gorky’s almost surprise themselves with the concise speed of their performance. The audience—a smattering of indie kids, escapees from

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