Date: 15th May
Stereo has recently showcased a number of talented new acts and tonight is no different. Opening the evening is Bewilderbeast, the project of one York student, with a set of aurally pleasuring, summer-evoking tones and breezy vocals, performed as well as more popular peers Washed Out and Neon Indian. Filling the gap between the headliners are Low Duo, a pair of Sheffield brothers, whose set consists solely of guitar and vocals. Usually the minimal stage presence of this acoustic duo might be intimate, but in the slightly over-sized Stereo it looks a bit awkward, more like a busk than a gig. Unfortunately it is difficult to grasp the lyrical content of the duo on first listen, and Leigh Greenwood’s vocals don’t have enough presence to hold the room in thrall. Minimalist singer songwriters might well be in vogue, but Low Duo are perhaps too conservative with their sound, relying too much on uninteresting guitar backing in vein of Miles Kane.
Topping the bill are Brighton three piece Flashguns, who have no trouble filling out the room with the passionate cries of “Come and See the Lights”. But there is a softer side to the band as well with the more subdued bluesy “Racing Race” that builds and falls with both soft and throat-tearing vocal backing. This is a far more interesting side to the band than the, at times, formulaic indie-pop, hopefully they won’t succumb to it too often.