I’ve been in a bit of a desperate gig seeing state recently as being on air until 10pm isn’t really conduscive to seeing many people live, but this past 10 days I’ve more than made up for it attending the 46664 concert, The Police at Hyde Park, Wireless Jay Z day and Cut Copy day and Girls Aloud at Warwick Castle.
Gigs are funny things. Sometimes you go and see a band and they’re cool, but nothing special. Sometimes someone you love is outrageously disappoiting live; but other times, the best times, you’re left filled with a sense of overwhelming joy and happiness that you were there. The Knife at Scala, Robyn at Cargo, Kaiser Chiefs at Manumission, Amy Winehouse at Koko, Sons & Daughters at ULU, The Pierces at Water Rats, The Cardigans at SBE, Mylo at Barfly, Rilo Kiley at Islington Academy, CSS at Popstarz are but a few of these occasions; and Sunday gave me another one – Neon Neon at Cargo.
A band put together by Super Furry Animals Gruff Rhys and LA bleepster Boom Bip, their debut album ‘Stainless Style’ is a concept album about the life of car designer John Deloreon. The music is insanely 80s with swirling synths and shoulder rolling beats, and live it translated even better than on record thanks to cleverly thought out visuals and a really up for it crowd. I’ve mentioned their excellent I Lust You before so make sure you check it if you haven’t already. Question is – can it be Mercury nominated when only 1 half of the group is British? I don’t know.
James has reviewed the show properly right here.