The next act to take to the stage was the first band on the night. Coming off the back of a fine telling of showmanship was ‘Internet Girlfriend’. The hold your interest in the build-up and here there is a good showing in terms of pace. The frenetic way it is all approached holds convincingly here. Initially you could dismiss the band and their offbeat antics, but if you take things at face value you see what is there. On ‘Fake Tan’ things have a Beastie Boys ambition, while the comedic nature also adds some value. They show some real smarts here in how both are added to the mix. There are hints of ‘Lonely This Christmas’ by Mud to be picked up on in the undertone as well. They operate the tempo the right way on ‘There’s Your Baby, and, as a result, sees the characteristic fervour build it up in the right way. The hard showing in the pace considerably allows you to overlook the offbeat nature of everything. Doing so sees the revelry here follow a logical sequence that allows the joie-de-vivre to flourish considerably well.
The indie disco calling fires up ‘Deceiver’ and the intro is excellent here. With the way that the vocals are followed through all the highly catchy side of things falls into place. They also consider the synth in the correct way and this synchronises everything to bring the touches of retro through neatly. It is on their next track ‘Change For You’ that the high octane quality is applied sufficiently. In the way they hit the ground running here flits between a lighter flow to a full on affair that in turn becomes brilliant when it really gets going. How they let this off the hook marks out the execution for all the right reasons, while the bass holds over proceedings to give it a lighter ‘dreampop’ touch.
Confirming their pomp is ‘Cape Pop’. This is driven by J-Pop and K-Pop sensibilities that influence it all, possibly unintentionally, to bring out the style. They also show that they are unafraid to mix it all up. What also works in a highly effective way here is the 8-bit effects. They give it a displaced and timeless wonderment which takes the old-skool sensibilities seriously and is impressively matched by their showmanship. With ‘Shift Your Sister’ you find there is a raw underground punk feel going on. This hits the spot with hints of The Clash coming across also. The pace is well judged and this too stylises the tempo in a highly rigorous fashion that sees them all fall down as the track finished. They then pick themselves back up for ‘Last Train’. Here they go for an off the hook approach and don’t falter. It is a full investment from the band that shows how intended all the nuances in their set happen to be. They can play and the manic close demonstrates this. All they need is believe it more.
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