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Electric Picnic 2010 - Cymbals Eat Guitars

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ATL | 10:57 UK time, Saturday, 4 September 2010

Cosby Stage, Friday 3rd September, 8.30pm

Describe in a tweet: Cymbals Eat Guitars, Reviewer eats burger. Everyone satisfied.

What Happened: Well, quite a lot actually. There was a brief mosh pit. Some guy was hoisted a top a set of shoulders and CEG tore the Cosby stage a grungey new one.

But with the crowd thin on the ground it seems Cymbals Eat Guitars have yet to find their audience on this side of the Atlantic.

Even so, those who turned out were either already signed up to the CEG cause, or about to be. The set was electrifying, forceful and driven by unbridled passion. Joseph D'Agostino and Co worked their way through the guts of their solid debut album Why There Are Mountains at a rumbling pace.

'And The Hazy Sea' is about as funky as post-Grunge gets. D'Agostino convulsed and jerked as if his guitar was burning his hands, even in the quieter parts, the lad could barely keep still. The crowd returned with equal vigour, yelling the 'waa-oh waa-oh' chorus with fervor. And then just-like-that, it was over.

So CEG, come back with more songs and we'll give you a bigger audience. Deal?

Electric Dreams: The Some Trees mosh pit. Who said fey indie kids don't like physical contact.

Ants at a picnic: A lack of a decent crowd. But it failed to dampen the spirits of a few hipster revellers.

EP rating: 7.9/10

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