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The chance is now here. Under 18’s can now enjoy the live bands they like, without having to resort to a fake ID, thanks to All age concerts. If you haven’t yet heard of the revolution, tonight’s gig is sure to put excited words on people’s lips.
The brass eye influenced Clarky Cat (pictured above) started the night in their electro rave bubble which inevitably burst with sound due to live favourites including Sightline. They merge organic beats and deliver them freshly inducing the crowd to go mad with sing-a-long choruses backed up by the synthesizers and the clapping of the drum machine. They rectify technical problems and layer vocals with two voices singing over the early 90’s rave sound which is apparent in one or two songs. You can hear Clarky Cat on the second ‘leave them all behind’ modular records compilation.
Next is three piece Late Of The Pier who ultimately are indie-electro with added innovation particularly with the percussion used and a range of vocals that hit the high notes. Their humorous stage presence drives the tom vek sound with hints of the darker klaxons sound and even a hint of the odd wolfmother riff. They’re definitely a band to watch live with erratic keyboardists and melodies you want to move your body to.
Vincent Vincent and the Villains however don’t adhere to the electronic sounds and their folky dancey feel has elements of tiny dancers and at their best even the coral sound. The band aren’t a stranger to range of tempo and while some songs are slower with a simple drum beat they bring out faster songs passionately screaming every last note.
It was now time for what the majority of the 200 or so people came to see with headliners Good Shoes (pictured above) taking the stage. The live favourites followed by screaming and clapping have to go to never meant to hurt you and finisher of the night all in my head with a slowed down version of the chorus. Possibly due to sound and technical problems they weren’t as good as I expected them to be but with the debut album out and a 25 date tour including Europe they must be doing something right.