Live Review East India Youth appears possessed at his Latitude 2015 set

William Doyle thrashes his instruments into submission on the Other Voices stage.

The Other Voices stage is the perfect setting for East India Youth – tucked away off the beaten path, and yet housing an enormous queue within minutes of William Doyle taking to the stage amid floods of colour; it’s the pinnacle of Latitude’s left-field offerings.

A stuttering start means nothing actually, er, works when Doyle takes to the stage. “Let’s try that one again, shall we?” he asks after seeking out the problem. Is this some of that infamous ‘banter’ he promised DIY earlier this morning? No one’s quite sure, but it’s a thought that doesn’t dwell long as soon as he dives into the scattered crunch of ‘The Juddering’.

‘Turn Away’ and ‘Looking for Someone’ see Doyle step away from his new stage-setup onto the raised platform at the rear of the stage, thrashing away at his bass like a man possessed and lacing everything with a deep thud. It seeps back into an extended and re-worked rendition of ‘Heaven How Long’ later in the set, an almost guitar-led twang piercing through the track’s midsection. Those lines drop away though, dwarfed by a punishing motorik pulse, which in turn is exacerbated further by Doyle’s borderline exorcism-by-synthesiser. He wails away at the instrument with his entire forearm, sweat dripping down his face, before resorting to simply punching the instrument into submission.

This fury reaches its crescendo with ‘Hinterland’’s throbbing techno. By this point, Doyle is unrecognisable, egging on the crowd like a football hooligan and thrashing at every instrument unfortunate enough to be in his path. He pulls things back, teasing his rabble yet further, before plunging into a hyperlapse rendition of ‘Entirety’ to fill his final minute. Breathless and drenched, he departs the stage with a quick nod to Young Fathers, leaving his throng lost in the woods, with the rug now pulled from beneath their well-worn dancing shoes.


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