Electric Picnic 09 - The Walkmen
Cosby Stage, Saturday 5th September, 6.30pm
The one thing that stands out about the Walkman is that their lead singer looks like he's capable of killing the entire audience. There's something about the way he carries himself onstage that gives him a genuinely intimidating, psychopathic vibe. Don't get me wrong - it's a good thing. He's the coolest guy we have seen all weekend, in fact. More importantly (well, kind of) he is an absolutely incredible singer, with a howl on him greater than anything we've heard in the last 48 hours.
Describe in a tweet: (a la Johnny Nice, the painter in the Fast Show) Black! Black! Black! Black...
Good Vibrations: We've already mentioned that guys incredible howl - but, bizarrely, he's also good for a croon. For 'Canadian Girl' he's practically Sinatra. 'The Rat' is the highlight though, inevitable really, given it's one of the greatest songs ever written. The reaction to it's intro is so full on that we get the one and only glimpse of a smile from that cool customer onstage.
Life's a beach: Maybe ATL should have done it's homework and listened to some album tracks, but it did seem to drag a wee bit in the middle. Too much darkness isn't always a good thing.
EP rating: 8/10