Electric Picnic 09 - Jape
Electric Arena, Saturday 5th September, 5.15pm
Richie Egan and his rag-tag indie-electronica hoodlums arrive on stage roughly 30 seconds after already being on said stage soundchecking. As ever, its loose and rough about the edges, but sure that's where interesting things often lurk. 'Christopher and Anthony' is a kick against the pricks, but with a boogie on the side. We scorpios get a damn fine namecheck on a new track called, funnily enough, 'Scorpio' and the more danceable side of the Jape experience is shining through, which is boxing clever to any festival audience. 'I Was A Man' closes off the set perfectly.
Describe in a tweet: Stuff dancing all night, but then that's just what we did.
Good Vibrations: Not only does some random called Greg get to hop on stage to sing the chorus of 'Streetwise' to a full tent, but Richie Jape also turns matchmaker, inciting the ladies to take a chance on the temporary band member. Form an orderly queue there, picnic ladies...
Life's a beach: 'Floating', one of the best singles to come out of Ireland in the past 10 years, is too casually delivered. There's loose and then there's making sure your guitar's in tune. A trifle, all in all as Jape's ramshackle charm has long held the risk of either tumultuous triumph or falling off the face of the earth. A risk always worth taking.
EP rating: 7/10