Basement Jaxx – Birmingham NIA – 05.12.06
|Cansei de Ser Sexy|
The NIA is the more commercial sister of the academy where bands get to play when they have skyrocketed commercially. Who would have thought that it would have taken the thousands of people crammed into the venue this long to discover Basement Jaxx?
The support band CSS (Cansei de Ser Sexy) were lively but not as powerful in an arena setting in comparison to earlier outings I have witnessed from this very band.
Lovefoxxx was still on top form however, dancing like a crazed child at a school disco. Although a high percentage of the narrow-minded crowd may have been hurling insults in the bands direction it was a storming little set nevertheless.
With indie ‘NU Rave’ tunes such as ‘Alala’ & cheeky tunes like ‘Meeting Paris Hilton’ this cool sextet hailing from Sao Paulo will unquestionably get the crowds hearts palpitating on their up and coming UK shows, however this audience didn’t appreciate them one bit.
Jump and shout
After a brief interlude of DJ mixes to get the audience hyped up the Jaxx bounded onto the stage to ‘Jump & Shout’. With jumps and high kicks large enough to rival a twelve-year-old gymnast in her prime the Jaxx managed to get even the most self conscious individual dancing like a maniac.
Breezing through tracks from ‘Crazy Itch Radio’ together with older classics such as ‘Red Alert’, cleverly intertwined with well placed remixes like the Justin Timberlake track ‘Sexy Back’, Basement Jaxx displayed quite clearly why they are seasoned pros.
With video streaming on a plasma screen, practically bigger than a house, accompanying recent release ‘Take Me Back to Your House’ and a plethora of wacky outfit changes, the band definitely know how to mesmerize an audience.
From families and groups of girls, right through to the evident ‘old school 90s ravers’ it became clear how universally appealing the Basement Jaxx sound really is.
Although new tracks ‘Run for Cover’ stirred a wave of excitement, it was the older more memorable ‘Where’s Your Head At?’ and ‘Good Luck’ that would later leave them trailing in their wake.
The girls in the band certainly have an affinity with their female fans.
|Basement Jaxx fans|
With outrageous outfits, boundless energy, and talent oozing from every pore - it is women like this that should be heralded for their confident attitude rather than the pointless stick thin celebrities that our small-minded nation disgracefully looks up to.