Marching onstage and cockily pronouncing that ‘It's been a long wait but it'll be worth it’, Tokyo Corner’s Luke Micklethwaite is certainly not lacking in rock and roll attitude. The musical lovechild of Ian Brown and Kelly Jones, with a shade of One Night Only frontman George Craig for the ladies, he fronts a fuzzy indie five piece with a raucous aggression. They hit their stride with presumably self-titled ‘Corner’, an indie linchpin with a dirty riff that gives them their most likely hit.
We Were Evergreen
Even from the way they arrange their instruments on stage, I know that Parisian We Were Evergreen were going to be rather exciting. Deliciously twee and calming, they are the perfect anthesis to the testosterone heaviness of the other bands on tonights support bill. Despite only being a three piece, they produce a pleasingly full live sound, and within mere seconds of the wonky Super Mario-esque ‘Baby Blue’, I desperately wanted to be part of their super-cool and devastatingly attractive gang. Even better, just when you think you've got them pegged, they morph into some sort of bastardised Ukelele house that would make their home country proud. This is where they truly sparkle, mixing this dance element with their dewy-eyed folk pop to create something that painted a smile on my usually cynical face. The clear band of the night.
Audit Control start well ,lulling the crowd into a false sense of security with a slow burning start, before kicki
However, it’s when King Charles drops all the bravado that he truly soars. During ‘Beating Hearts’ his eyes close and he seems genuinely lost within the song. The simple yet honest refrain of ‘love despite your mood/take me as I am/ let me love you’ seems more genuine and raw than anything else he has sang about this evening, and is a concept he should cling onto if he is looking for anything more than flash in the pan success. It is obvious he is a talented songwriter, but he would do well to abandon the glam theatricality and shoot for a more sober aesthetic, letting his songs speak for themselves. Until then, tonight’s performance hints at promising things.
Photographs by Kevin Lawson (http://www.editradio.org/)