|Fear Of Men|
Fear Of Men are swiftly followed by Outfit, the musical equivalent of Everything Everything and The Young Knives coming together for a well mannered game of chess. Very precise in their sound and their onstage demeanour (anybody who can make gestures towards the sound man for more vocals look like a cool new dance move wins bonus points in my book), I found them oddly captivating viewing -so much so in fact that I made no notes throughout their set. Well worth a follow up listen, which is pretty lucky considering they are in the midst of a tour.
Back up to the Riley Smith for Big Deal, who attracted my attention due to the level of blog attention they seem to be courting of late. Their half hour set left me pretty cold, but in the same way as with The XX this appeared to be their intention, the contrast between their stock still stage presence and wryly amusing comments between songs rather disconcerting. Pleasant certainly, but no Big Deal just yet.
Continuing the joyous theme in the midst of dour shoegazers, Givers are a band clearly having the time of their lives on tour. Marking their first ever visit to Leeds, the Polaroid perfect sunny Americans know how to work a stage and a changing time signature like pros, despite being relative newcomers this side of the Atlantic. The fact that they seem calmest during the FIFA featured chirpathon 'Up Up Up' is a testament to their impressive work ethic - bits of wood are literally flying off vocalist and percussionist Tiffany Lamson's sticks as she goes at her stand up drums like a toddler who's consumed too many blue smarties. Very, very exciting, and very, very fun.
|Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks|
|Tom Fleming, Wild Beasts|
|Ben Little, Wild Beasts|
|Hayden Thorpe, Wild Beasts|
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