Electric Picnic 2011 - ASIWYFA
Cosby Stage, Sunday 4th September, 6.15pm
Describe in a Tweet: Broken bones can't even stop these guys.
What happened: And So I Watch You From Afar could have been given a bye ball for a poor performance this time round, given the fact that one of their members was beaten up less than 24 hours before this performance. Tony Wright is confined to a chair and appears to be in some pain before the post-rock band begin their set but when things begin it's barely noticeable. Bassist Johnny Adger revels in his position in the middle of the stage but the entire band are full of their trademark energy. A setlist mixing the best of their two studio albums (and two tracks from their EP) means there's never a dull moment. The drumming is fiendishly tight and for the most part the duelling guitars are excellent, creating an intense atmosphere that the crowd adore. The mark of a great festival band is how those who aren't familiar with the band react and without doubt the general view was very, very positive: from kids to teenagers to the middle-aged couple having the time of their lives in front of this reviewer they've made one hell of an impression. 7 Billion People All Alive At Once provides a sing along while D Is For Django features a brief foray into soft jazz. Seriously. There's barely a moment to pause and there's the occasional reworking of a track we're used to but on the whole it feels like a ridiculously special experience.
Different Class: Beautiful Master Universe Champion is arguably the best thing ASIWYFA have ever written. A keen sense of dynamics, some skillful aural layering and some bloody great guitar riffs.
I Don't Like Mondays: 'A Little Solidarity...' is more messy than usual and just seems to lack something tonight.
EP rating: 8/10