Live Review

Son Of Nastyfest, Leeds Faversham

Quite possibly the sweatiest and dirtiest a Bad Sneakers night has ever been.

First of all: hands up. We accept responsibility here. Due to personal issues, DIY was not able to make it until gone 8 o’clock, by which time two bands had already played. So to those, we apologise. We’re sure you were great. This is not the only timing issue that affects Son of Nastyfest today, though. Ipso Facto have pulled out due to ‘other commitments’. Vicious rumours spread that the band are involved in an advert for Ray Ban, which causes the crowd at Bad Sneakers conflict: they’re a fashionable bunch here, the Hoxton of Leeds if you will. The issue of being corporate sell outs arises also: the hairspray collective are divided. Do we chastise or do we understand?!

So, with last minute changes to the schedule, DIY takes its place by the stage to watch the first band of the evening, High Places. Coming off as a more obscure Fuck Buttons, their sparse electronica leaves the crowd cold and disinterested. They persevere admirably but unfortunately for them, they’re somewhat misplaced in this line up. Their set feels a) too short for the music they play and b) like gently waking up at a festival before the fun starts. It’s nice but it’s unmemorable and displays neither the charm nor the warmth that Fuck Buttons achieve.

Tubelord wake the crowd up through the sheer energy they have if nothing else. High praise indeed has been given to this band on influential blogs, their name now cropping up in magazines and slowly infiltrating the wider public eye. Their live show is far heavier than their recorded output would suggest and the At The Drive In / Biffy Clyro comparisons certainly make more sense when they perform, the stop start dischordant aspect of their songs maximised and the riffs far meatier. Singer Joe’s voice can draw comparison to Simon Neil at his most delicate, especially on ‘I Am Azerrad’. Worth keeping an eye on, this lot. Their drummer in particular, plays his heart out.

Rolo Tommassi next, who frankly make Tubelord seem like the Magic Numbers in terms of heaviness. Christ knows how Eve Spence makes the noises she does but her vocals aren’t lyrics so much as an extra instrument. ‘Abraxas’ is ferocious live, tearing strips off those at the front (DIY included) and their Nintendo-taken-over-by-the-devil sound is adored and reviled in equal measure by the crowd. It seems many here had heard of them but not heard them and their interested is either piqued or destroyed by this set. Which is probably just how Rolo like it. By now, the drink has been flowing for quite a while so those who do enjoy it show their appreciation by jumping into each other.

Which reaches it’s climax, as does the whole event with the headline set from Future Of The Left. Initially given only a 30 minute slot, they manage to coax 45 minutes and for that we are all thankful. For the uninitiated reading this, FOTL realised easily one of the best albums of the past few years in ‘Curses’ and solidify their reputation as one of the UKs finest live bands with each show they play. Tonight is no different. With a mix of both old and new, each is met rapturously by the crowd. At times a little too rapturously, with Andrew Falkous admonishing the crowd for being too aggressive. ‘Manchasm’ is glorious live, the dual vocals clashing with each other just as much as the bass and synths do. Their music isn’t sparse as such but the lack of multi instrumentation means subtlety is a non-issue. Every change of pace or key has more effect and their setlist is peppered with songs that attack your ears like a starved bulldog. Their crowd exchanges match We Are Scientists for entertainment and as the night draws to a close, there are stage invasions, multiple moshpits and crowdsurfing. It’s a fantastic end to a good night and quite possibly the sweatiest and dirtiest a Bad Sneakers night has ever been. Thanks must also go out to Becky from Jumbo, who advises us all to buy tickets from said establishment.

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