New Blood Festival 2012 - Night Six Reviewed

Luke McKenzie tries to review Laurel Collective without using the word 'fun'. Luke Mckenzie FAIL.

Filed in New Blood, Live Reviews | Date: 19 January 12 at Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen | By Luke McKenzie

New Blood Festival 2012 - Night Six ReviewedOn the 6th day of New Blood, my true love came to me, Six geese a-laying... alas, sadly not, but three bands were a-playing and thankfully not Christmas ‘arsing’ carols too.

With Montage Populaire’s late withdrawal from opening up night six, it left it down to none other than the danceable Foreign Office to lead off proceedings and lead off they indubitably did. There’s no doubt about it, these guys are indie-pop by the very definition, but don’t start turning your noses up so quickly. Songs such as ‘On Repeat’ and the angular ‘Elephants’ recall ‘Speaking In Tongues’ era Talking Heads and showcase a level of tightness not seen since the days of Thatcher.

It’s duly refreshing to see a band with charisma and pomposity, but it’s even better to see them actually pull it off. I give you - Citizens!, the hotly tipped London five-piece, who are not to be
confused with the Citizens without the explanation mark. You can always tell when there’s a buzz band in town as hordes of teenage girls are swooning down the front and if I was a teenage girl as
opposed to being an ageing bloke, I may well be joining them. Recent single ‘True Romance’ even got my heart thumping with a gloriously catchy chorus harking Bowie in his pomp. Characterless,
Citizens! are not.

I was trying to describe seeing tonight’s headliners Laurel Collective without using the word 'fun', but I just didn’t have it in me. “Use a bloody thesaurus” I hear you cry, okay then – Laurel Collective
are amusing, boisterous, merry, entertaining and convivial (!!!). Try and watch the ‘In The Woods Festival’ founders without a smile on your face and you are clearly an immoral human being.

What makes them so exciting to watch is their infectious enthusiasm – springing around with gazelle-like-energy, pounding the drums like Piers Morgan’s face is on the skins and dancing with impulsive
abandonment. Laurel Collective ARE fun and long may that continue.


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