Dog is Dead
If you ask me, a five part harmony done well is an impressive feat. So impressive in fact, that it temporarily blinds me to the fact that the band who are delivering it so beautifully have a terrible, terrible band name. It becomes very apparent within minutes of their set, that Dog Is Dead,( excusing the rather rubbish moniker) have cracked the formula of what makes great music, blending together 1 part foals to 2 parts The Maccabees, with a sprinkling of Bombay and Fleet Foxes to boot.
Delivering a live sound eminently fuller than that of their folky contemporaries, they are clearly very accomplished musicians, the heart skippingly joyous ‘Young’ and new single ‘Hands Down’ performed to studio precision. Punctuating each song with a murmured ‘thanks’ and a smile from baggy shirted lead singer Joss Van Wilder, this here is a band that are undeniably British in their approach, and highly endearing. Eagle eyed music fans may have noticed the bands appearance in the credits of Skins series 5 last year, playing ‘Glockenspiel Song’; that cheeky snippet simply didn’t do the song justice. Here tonight, the rebellious refrain (We are a mess/we are failures/and we love it!) seems to hit home with many an impatient crowd member, despite many of them never having heard the band before. Enjoy your ignorance now Sheffield, for this band are threatening to go huge.
Dry The River
Bombay Bicycle Club
That said, they clearly haven’t turned their backs on the tracks that made them: a rare outing of ‘Rinse Me Down’ positively sparkles with new life, jazzed up substantially from the original acoustic version, and ‘Cancel On Me’ is a show stealer, Steadman’s tall frame thrashing awkwardly but endearingly between the mic and his bandmates, evidently enjoying his good old fashioned rock out. And why shouldn’t he? This is a band who appear to be changing the face of modern British indie one track at a time, whilst being clearly enamoured with the music they are performing. The venue might not be sold out, but for the fans at the front with their arms outstretched towards the band during ‘Evening/Morning’, it appears that Bombay Bicycle Club are indeed ready to owe us anything and everything that they have.