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What excited me was the fact that Both Sunrise over Europe and Spotlight kid were playing, one who as already a fan of and the other i'd heard good things about.
Next up was my mate Pink Violence who disappointing me slightly when he showed me that the set would be played on two laptops and an iPad, i was hoping he'd come up with a keyboard or something at least. I also wasn't expecting his set to be played on a bar table. it was a good set though, comprised of subtle samples and pounding beats. He didn't play any songs off the EP, instead mixing things together well you know, like a DJ. His music is still as forward thinking and futuristic as ever.
Sunrise over Europe have an album out called 'We Raised the Flames and Built a City on the Ashes' which I downloaded for £2 a few days before. If i was to put their music in a box I would put it next to The Boxer Rebellion, or 'Given To The Wild' era Maccabees. In reality though its very hard music to categorise, on the records they have a violinist who couldn't be there on that night. She was apparently having a baby, which the band joked was selfish of them. they coped well without her violin and other instruments on the record and instead focused on making echoing guitar based sound-scapes. On one or two songs they used three guitars, to build a haunting atmosphere, though on others they simply rocked out.
the catchy hooks and energy of songs like 'All is real' impressed me a lot and i enjoyed their gig a lot.
I had a chat with the singer afterwards and bought a promo off her, and they all seem like lovely people.
A good night all 'n all.