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LIVE REVIEW: Death in Vegas (7.12.11)

6 Feb

After a seven-year absence Richard Fearless is back on the road with his genre-crossing electronic rock band.

The barely-there stage banter – apart from mumbled introductions at the beginning, there’s really very little else – does nothing to detract from the connection between the audience and DIV. Aside from a slightly nervous start, soon forgotten as the band quickly regain their confidence, it’s difficult to tell DIV ever stopped touring.

The songs débuted from the recently released Trans-Love Energies album receive just as enthusiastic a response as the better known Leather and Girls. Your Loft My Acid in particular soars around the room, creating an other-worldly atmosphere and causes most of the crowd to remain spellbound as Fearless and friends seize their advantage, launching into Silver Time Machine.

The crazy light show is a little too much at times but for the main part provides a dramatic backdrop, silhouetting the band against flashing lights before plunging them almost into darkness. Fearless has always had a potent sense of aesthetic and, with his usual short films nowhere to be seen, the focus remains very strongly on the music.

As always, the songs showcase a wide variety of influences and a constantly changing sound. Ranging effortlessly from live rock to minimal techno, a thread of cohesion is never lost and every song leads into the next. Ultimately, the night has been a triumph.

Originally published here.


LIVE REVIEW: Metronomy (22.09.11)

24 Sep

Looking at the packed room, it’d be hard to guess that over ten years ago, Metronomy was just one man and a keyboard alone in his room. James Mount even acknowledges how far they’ve come, pointing out that when they played the main Leadmill stage a few years ago, “there were about five people, and the support bands’ parents.”

With the ever-present lit up badges attached to their chests and flashing in time to the music, Metronomy take the stage and plunge straight into their first song, leaving no time for stage banter.

Although the night starts off slow, the crowd soon get excited and turn into a mass of moving bodies, culminating in frenzied, excited dancing around the time that Metronomy launch into crowd favourite “Holiday”. The synth-heavy beats are infectious and the frantic melody is a relentless, thrilling assault on the ears.

“Heartbreaker” follows soon after, creating an almost palpable sense of energy in the room. A lo-fi, pulsating song, it keeps pushing past the previously set electronic boundaries to new levels.

“The Bay” is another favourite, and newer tracks such as “The Look” are equally well received, as Metronomy keep up the pace without once allowing it to slow.

Metronomy have been ahead of their time for a while and, while they’ve gained a certain loyal cult following, they remain somewhat of a well-kept secret. Still, if the electric atmosphere and strong crowd reaction is anything to go by, 2011 could very well be their year.

LIVE REVIEW: The View (10.04.11)

26 Jul

When The View were flung onto the scene with their first big hit, Same Jeans, it seemed like they were destined for big things – that is, until they released their second album Which Bitch? Following the commercial and critical flop, The View retreated back into the studio and haven’t been heard from since – until the recently announced 2011 tour.

Following a surprisingly impressive set from openers Sound of Guns, The View take to the stage with their usual amount of drunken energy – and, to stick a cliché on it, it’s as though they’ve never been away. After playing two sold-out Glasgow shows in January, The View still have seemingly boundless amounts of confidence and grin cheekily at the crowd before launching into Glass Smash.

New single Grace had an unexpectedly strong reception, especially considering that it was only released four days earlier.

Fan favourite Wasted Little DJs gets a similar reaction, with the loyal fanbase singing along to every word. The View still have the ability to get the crowd excited and the exhilaration was almost palpable.

The mix of old favourites and new songs served only to enthuse the crowd and the atmosphere was borderline electric. Whatever let-downs The View have served up in the past, this definitely wasn’t one of them.

Originally published here.