Vital 2011 - Not Squares
Next Stage, 8.55pm
Wednesday the 24th of August 2011
What happened: As always with Not Squares, a proper rave up. We're bounding about a park in Bangor town, but close your eyes and this is somewhere a lot sweatier, a lot darker. This lot seem incapable of sitting still - every song sounds a little warped since the last time it was performed. 'Release the Bees' is rammed full of bowel moving FX and squelch, an unhealthy pile of sinister fun. A new track (and apparently a future single) is as close they've ever got to a traditional, structured 'song' - it's also as close to the poppy-electro vibe the likes of The Klaxons attempted (and often failed) to nail. They're perfect to close the stage, winning over a healthy gathering who are (lets face it) more than a little tidily and well up for a dance.
Lose Yourself: 'Asylum' aggressively insists, nay DEMANDS, we get a little frisky.
Guilty Consciene: When each song rasps to it's conclusion, you expect these rave maniacs to speak like intergalactic, neon beings. Turns out they're just polite, well spoken young men.