Errors, So So Modern and Race Horses @ The Scala, London 04/03/2010

March 7, 2010 by  

Errors unleashed their blend of new wave acid house on a mesmerised following at London’s modest sized Scala, but not until after an intriguing support line-up.

Kicking off proceedings were So So Modern, the surprisingly melody infused three piece from New Zealand, who could quite become the country’s second famous recent export after Flight of The Conchords. Definitely not a comedy act – witty Q&A banter aside – they played a furious set of loud, scuzzy, loop laden electro, with an emphasis on the loud eventually recruiting the early bird crowd from the bar, and on evidence of their last few tracks they deserved it. If they cut back on the feedback they’ll be destined for great things.

Race horses were something a bit different. So far steeped in ’60s psychedelia it was almost nostalgic, they played a refreshing blend of Super Furry Animals meets the Monkeys pop, with some surf pop and Kinks/Small Faces like rock thrown in. Even a couple of tracks were reminiscent of The Futureheads. They were clearly having the time of their life and produced an energetic set of would be hits from debut ‘Goodbye Falkenborg’.

After releasing their new album on the Monday, Errors had a lukewarm reception to it’s first track, ‘Bridge or Cloud’. It seemed a decent enough song, but in what became a theme to proceedings it just didn’t get the crowd hooked, where in contrast their debut album tracks sent the crowd wild.

This was a point perhaps noticed, with ‘front man’ (there are no vocals) Simon Ward repeatedly questioning whether anyone had bought ‘Come Down With Me‘.

If they all had it would have been a different story, as some of the tracks were future crowd pleasers. It became evident as the one exception to this response was the single ‘Rumour In Africa‘, with the Foals like guitars and Hot Chip dance beat that blew everyone away – especially the pill popping orange capped twat down at the front.

Their blend of electro dance post rock and guitars were as interesting live as on record, with the addition of some sublime drumming – from the happiest Scot in the world James Hamilton – making for an overall exciting gig. The stage banter was fun, and the debut favourites ‘Dance Music’ coupled with ‘Salut! France’ got even the most timid of gig goer pogoing.

Although these guys know how to have fun, you can tell that this innovative group take their music seriously, which is refreshing to see. Due to being an instrumental group they probably won’t ever hit public consciousness on a grand scale, but that’s probably just how they like it.


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