Hyde & Beast – The Social, London 17/08/2011

August 22, 2011 by  

Futureheads drummer Dave Hyde (Hyde) and Golden Virgin’s drummer Neil Bassett (Beast) had only played a handful of shows as the six piece collective of their Hyde & Beast moniker, yet the dexterity and vigor on display on their London debut suggest they could well have been performing for years.

Cramming onto The Social’s window ledge sized basement stage on a damp and miserable August evening, it’s unlikely the band’s intention would ever be to raise the roof, yet you could certainly feel the floor rattling below a mini wave of an enthralled audience’s feet tapping.

Hyde & Beast offer a pocket full of laid back songs from their debut album ‘Slow Down’. A solid group of gentle psychedelic blues pop tracks, that live are expertly played, and a joy to tap your pint glass to.

Where as the pace of each track on offer isn’t particularly expeditive, a balance is created by the shorter length of each track, ensuring what could possibly have been a meandering drone is actually a succinct and almost fleeting set, that is therefore a joy to watch. Never outstaying their welcome the set is short but to the point.

With their album out only this week, it was expected that two highlights would be the bluesy soul, stabbing saxophone (albeit recorded) and chirpy ‘ooh ahh’ harmonies of single ‘Never Come Back’ and the T-Rex baseline meets Velvet Underground number ‘(And The) Pictures In The Sky’. Yet these were equalled by most of the songs played, such as the offbeat pop of ‘You Will Be Lonely’ or the whimsical lullaby ‘Go To Sleep’.

Playing a collection of mid-paced songs without veering middle of the road certainly isn’t easy. It’s a tough decision for any band to choose ‘mid’ as a pace, yet when executed as well as The Two Drummers and Co. do tonight, the gentle sway and toe taps of appreciation suggest the decision is right.


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