It’s The New Thing

FFFFField Day
August 22, 2007, 4:51 pm
Filed under: Battles, Electralane, Festivals, Foals, justice, Liars

Thanks to Field Day being an 18+ event I only arrived at 5.00pm after sitting at home contemplating when to make my move. Thankfully, the time I did arrive at Victoria Park was perfect, as there was no queue and the doormen didn’t appear to know it was 18+.

With Caribou and Fridge having already played I walked over and caught the end of The Aliens energetic, but bland set. The festival’s laidback feel was quite apparent after the dangerously high energy levels of the Underage Festival.

When Foals took to the stage, the crowd seemed impartial towards one of the hottest new bands around, as they only received a lazy applause. Being upgraded to the Main Stage after playing the cramped Adventures In A Beetroot Field Tent the day before, the band had much more room to move around which they used to its full. The band’s movements relate directly to their jerky, math rock style, just by looking at them move around stage, you can tell they don’t play your average Indie Pop. Foals stormed through a set that included singles, Hummer and Mathletics. Unfortunately the crowd didn’t seem to react to the raw energy of their performance, for such a new band, these shows are damn impressive.

Next up on my list to see was supreme DJ Erol Alkan, but due to the Field Day organisers’ ingenius idea to shove the DJ’s in the miniscule Bugged Out! Tent, getting into the tent would prove quite a feat.

So, onwards I went, and stumbled across the hidden gem of the Field Day bands: Electrelane. Fully packing out the Adventures… Tent, the girls from Brighton played a set laden with songs for their stunning album No Shouts, No Calls, amazing stuff.

At risk of getting chucked out, but mainly due to the hideously long queues the beer tents were avoided. I was also blessed by not needing to stand for hours in the queue for the toilets. Instead of those fun activities I went and watched Battles, the band that have produced my favourite album of 2007 so far with Mirrored.

But much to my annoyance it is here where I have to commence a large rant. Battles are known for their extremely intricate and unique sounding songs. How do they produce such songs? By using a lot of complex, hi-tech equipment. However the awfully organised Field Day schedule left Battles only 10 minutes to set up and sound check. This combined with the ruthless allocation of just half an hour for each band, meant that Battles only played for 25 minutes. But here comes the kicker, on recent Field Day flyers the very first name on the flyer was Battles, just the pure annoyance of having one of the biggest bands there play a four song set was unbelievable.

When Battles eventually took to the stage the quartet opened with the mind blowing Tij that made me explode with pure happiness. Watching Battles rip through Tonto (one of the highlights of Mirrored) it becomes apparent how tight a live band Battles are. Such intricate song structures are being played with relative ease, every band member seems to be fully aware of each other’s parts and at the time playing their own to the nearest degree of perfection, this band are really something else. Finishing with their painfully short set with the mammoth Atlas, John Steiner’s hypnotic drumbeat causes the crowd to show the most enthusiasm of the day so far.

In order to get a good view of Liars in the tiny Adventures… tent, I headed over early when Late of The Pier were scheduled to go on. But no, they had to take half and hour longer to set up, and to add insult in injury played a set much longer than their allocated time.

Subsequently Liars took the stage much later than scheduled, but when Angus Andrew took to the stage clad in an entirely white suit and the band launched into Be Quiet Mt. Heart Attack, all the timing issues of the day were completely forgotten. A ferocious run through of new single Plaster Casts Of Everything was the first song of the whole day to induce the hysteria that should have been abundant at the festival. Liars prove that they are the best band of the day with the soundscape that is Pure Unevil and the crazy, tribal callings of Let’s Not Wrestle Mt. Heart Attack. Angus Andrew has more personality than any other front man I have seen in a long time, pure confidence and energy oozing out of him and his tall figure runs around the stage. The eardrum perforating beats of Drum And The Uncomfortable Can (that gets the whole crowd air drumming) signals the end of the standard set. The band then retake to the stage and finish off with the frantic shuffling of Broken Witch.

Rushing off back to the main stage I manage to catch Justice mix into the pulsating Stress before mixing the well-known Atlantis To Interzone sirens into hit We Are Your Friends. The Parisian electro duo end their set with the giant, electrostatic beats of Waters of Nazerth before the giant lit up cross is extinguished. The mixing between the tracks was pretty flawless but the duo still haven’t quite perfected it like their fellow Parisians Daft Punk.

I would have loved the have seen the entire set, but Late of The Pier managed to back everything up so Liars, who weren’t scheduled to clash with Justice, did. Maybe it’s unfair to blame one band, but they delayed Liars, which meant they clashed with Justice, so they can fairly be labelled idiots in my mind.

In my eyes, the day was a success purely because I was treated to an intimate set from Liars and the end of a great Justice set. But, I left feeling a little under whelmed purely because the event could have been so much better.

Mp3: Plaser Casts Of Everything – Liars
Mp3: Pure Unevil – Liars
Mp3: Atlas – Battles
Mp3: In Berlin – Electrelane
Mp3: Stress – Justice
Mp3: Cassius – Foals


August 1, 2007, 4:25 pm
Filed under: Festivals, Kate Nash, The Young Knives, Underage

This. Song. Kicks. Ass.

Yes, the most underrated band in Britain are back with an amazing single. Listening to the first 13 seconds, I thought “Shit, The Young Knives have gone all boring slow guitar chord like.” Thank the Lord I was wrong, straight after those first 13 seconds The Young Knives very own brand of jerky pop rock kicks in with bellowing vocals from Henry Dartnall. The band also still prove that they are the funniest band around with the line “It look like Mother Nature’s got herself a whore/With a disregard for health and safety.” I am definitely seeing them at the Underage Festival. Oh, and this new single has the catchiest chorus since Foundations by Kate Nash, even catchier! You can pre-order the new single here, it’s out on the 27th of August and the lovely Trangressive label.

Mp3: Terra Firma