We Start Fires, Cosy
Cosy and Slowdrowned, Cambridge Portland Arms,
By someone or other.
Slowdrowned get better every time I see them. They always had a captivating,
almost hypnotic quality to their music but now the songs seem to have
streamlined and their impact has become more instant while remaining
and memorable. The whole set's become more hard-hitting and powerful,
there's still a delicacy and thoughtfulness to it. The clear-cut, almost
detached guitar over strong bass-lines sounds slightly other-worldly
gets inside your head very effectively - it's the kind of music that
re-surface in your mind a week or so after the first hearing and drive
mad trying to remember where you heard it.
Cosy Cosy then treated us to their brand of bouncy bangy pop-y stuff
girl/boy vocals alternating between tuneful and shouty. They were tangibly
nervous, which was totally unnecessary and a pity as it didn't feel
they were quite able to throw themselves into the set and it feels like
music that's meant to be enjoyed as you play it, the kind of catchy
which just cries for everyone to sing along with the chorus and jump
Their music almost sounds like it's smiling, the sort of thing which
everyone cheers when it comes on in a club 'cause it's so damn easy
to and it's purely and simply fun.
And finally We Start Fires, who I'd been looking forward to for MONTHS
who didn't disappoint. Insistent, biting-yet-tuneful pop with an edge
gorgeous vocal harmonies and ace keyboards which manage to completely
sounding cheesy. The mood veers through gentle and reflective to compulsive
grin-inducing, all of it intelligent, brimming with a lust for life
inherently danceable. They just rock, really. You can tell they love
they're doing and that they're rejoicing in every minute spent on stage,
the attitude's infectious. In short, We Start Fires are absolutely amazing
and truly deserve to make it big - go forth now, see them live, buy
and make them famous.