Tonight is always going to be memorable for these guys. The showmanship and repoire with the audience was one of the highlights of the evening and it all started with “Ba Baa”. As opening numbers go it is a sturdy showing with a granted deliberation that mixes up the funky calling. Overall it is all performed with a prominence to it that is well kept in check, especially with the direction changes. They get straight down to the task at hand with “Phone Credit”. The revelry adds to the juvenile aspects in the performance in a keen fashion. It can be likened to bands like The Hives and The White Stripes in places and that is always a good thing.
Imbuing some “power pop” gives “Not Going Out” a noted freedom of expression. How it comes off is impressive and the bursts in play hold their ground. You get behind the chagrin sound that is driven through and it cuts across with a marked sense of urgency to make you sit up and take note. They show they have a clever side to the musicianship throughout their set and on “New Girlfriend” they play on it to fine effect. It is one of their strengths, while the showmanship when they flipped their instruments upside down as they switched positions and instruments was truly a captivating moment to witness live. The switcheroo here was one that really delivered what was intended.
A banger of a tune (pun intended) followed in the form of “Banging It”. The distinguishing turn of nouveau disco in the aperitif blends into the mix but also carries an edge across. The directional shifts are all covered. This gives the catchy riff substance and it is worked to tremendous effect as they build around the beat instead of on it. It is absolute magic. Basically this is pornography in the form of a tune. They take the momentum of the set with them and carry off “Internet Girlfriend” with the same degree of flair and confidence. The high running drops back to become a more mellow number, but it figures out what it wants to be in the process of being a stylised mash-up of punk.
The humour and showmanship need to be mentioned as much as the music. The finesse of their banter is mirrored in the musical ability and they closed out with the rather robust “I Want To Shift Your Sister”. It is rewarded all the same by being crazy like a fox. Yet this is also a clever sentiment. You cans sense the band don’t take it too seriously but that this also part of the appeal. We never get tired of seeing them perform because they have this interesting focus about them when they take to the stage.