Review: The Great Escape 2009 day 1.

The Invisible @ The Great Escape 2009 by musicmule.co.uk

It was another rewarding but draining weekend in Brighton for The Great Escape 2009 with plenty of new bands and some less new putting in big performances. Read on for my top artists and tracks from Day 1.

London 3-piece The Invisible impressed me yet again with funky versions of their tracks ‘London Girl’, ‘Monster’s Waltz’ and ‘Constant’. Big Dave’s vocals weren’t loud enough but you could get the vibe. The already powerful percussion of drummer Leo is jumped up a notch on occasions when agile fingered bassist Tom throws his guitar around his back and picks up a set of sticks. While all the while larger than life front man Dave towers at the front of the stage, hooded, caped and demanding attention with his sparkling gold top and Eddie Van Halen leopard coloured guitar which he uses along with countless loop and effects pedals to make a Hendrix like racket. For Fans Of: TV On The Radio, Post War Years, Telepathe.

mp3: The Invisible – Monster’s Waltz

Everything Everything @ Komedia, The Great Escape 2009.

Everything Everything of Manchester may not be much to look at but you won’t care about that after they play their first few notes. A strange blend of math rock, 80s tinged synths, post punk, prog and anything or everything (everything) else they fancy. What results is an intensely rhythmic, danceable mash up. Their single ‘Photoshop Handsome’ was a contender for song of the festival for me. For Fans Of: Foals, Talking Heads, Animal Collective, Radiohead.

mp3: Everything Everything – Photoshop Handsome

The Hundred In The Hands @ Corn Exchange, The Great Escape 2009.

The Hundred In The Hands were my favourite discovery at TGE 2009. Brooklyn boy-girl duo playing guitar and synth led, dark dance anthems with the mesmerising, angel voiced Eleanore Everdell captivating the audience. Not the best sound but they still got a great reception from a crowd that was probably largely there to see The Maccabees who followed. Give them their own audience next time and they will bring the place down.For Fans Of: Television, The Golden Filter, The Rapture.

mp3: The Hundred In The Hands – Undressed In Dresden

Peter, Bjorn & John we stumbled across on our way to check out We Have Band. An excellent surprise as the Swedish trio were on fine form as usual. Energetic and impassioned and with a wry sense of humour especially on new rack ‘Lay It Down’ with it’s sing along chorus that starts ‘Shut the fuck up boy, you have already had enough!’ Then there’s more of the same in the form of recent comeback single ‘Nothing To Worry About’, new album title track ‘Living Thing’ and  the huge single ‘Young Kids’. Swedish pop-rock geniuses. For Fans Of: I’m from Barcelona, Love Is All, Jens Lekman.

mp3: Peter, Bjorn & John – Nothing To Worry About

We Have Band are getting pretty big these days. They headlined Thursday at the sizeable Concorde 2, just after Peter, Bjorn & John, although it was noticeably easier to get in than when Vampire Weekend occupied the same slot the previous year. They don’t disappoint with their synth heavy, percussive 80s dance anthems topped off with silky smooth lyrics and gyrations of front man Darren, definitely one of the most charismatic new performers in indie. Their most anthemic, although not their strongest song, ‘Oh’ provoked a huge reaction and the custom ‘oh! oh! oh!’ calls from the buzzing crowd. ‘You’ve Had Band’ brings their set to a close in the strongest form after the crowd has danced their way into a drunken oblivion. The converts keep coming for this 3-piece. Next up Glastonbury and then let’s hope they can deliver an album that can harness their live energy. For Fans Of: Neon Neon, Friendly Fires, New Order.

mp3: We Have Band – You’ve Had Band

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