The casual observer would never know that tonight marks the debut live outing for Bognor Regis-born pinkpirate in their current form (and their first live show of any kind in three years). A one person band, Caitlin Brown’s set-up finds them flitting between the guitar and laptop, building hypnotic layers of heady alt-pop live as they go; musically, the likes of ‘Daisy’ and ‘Can We Talk About the Past instead?’ could happily file next to The Japanese House or early-Shura; shimmering shadows of emotions, with a nostalgia that belies their years.
The most pin-drop crowd of the evening comes courtesy of Ireland’s Amy Michelle. With a bleached-blonde heavy fringe framing a head of jet black hair, you might not expect the music that comes from the emo-aestheticised singer to be so sparse and restrained, but there’s real nuance and emotion within these seemingly-simple wares. Tracks from last year’s debut EP ‘is that all there is?’ are delivered in an almost-whisper at points; if there’s a criticism, it’s that the dynamics could be pushed further, the crescendo of certain tracks capped by their low on-stage mix. But that’s something that’s easy to remedy - more important is the bones of the songs, which are already full of promise.
It’s a switch up in tone for tonight’s headliner Surya Sen, who puts a lid on the previous mood of quiet attentiveness and replaces it with a set full of club-ready beats. Backed by a woozy screen of undulating visuals and joined for a climactic closer by rapper Di-Vincent for a track that, it appears, he probably shouldn’t have debuted but decided to regardless, highlights ‘Earn It’ and ‘Jessica’ are a bop-filled way to close out the night. Onwards, then, to Week Three…"}]