Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Vitamin + Charlie Pitt. Live at COW 10/2 Review
*' Something by Fleetwood Mac, and 'UNI' by Ed Sheeran. Ed is one of Charlie's main influences and despite being a long term Sheeranhater**, I was pretty impressed by how good a cover it was. I also like the line, 'time flies like throwing watches of buildings' from one of his own songs. Clever stuff.
***. The band NME once described as 'Leeds answer to the 1975' have scrapped drums for electronic beats and steel pan drums. Unlike the rather tuneless steel-pan rubbish you hear in shopping centres. Vitamin use the instrument sparsely and melodically. Like me they've probably been listening to a lot of Jamie XX lately. Their music is not quite indie rock, not quite pop and not quite electronic. It's an upbeat and chilled out mix of all that, not far off from Bastille or early Swim Deep.
Vitamin have an inbuilt audience of teenage girls with multicoloured hair, which is only set to grow. Their singer has the natural swagger of a star. He has hair that looks like it was messed up on purpose and clothes that barely hang onto him. You can even see it in the way he stands, sort of half balanced - half couldn't give a fuck.
*By Radiohead. Obviously
** No need to go over all that again, I wrote about it at length here.
*** Until today I thought there was only one.