Electric Picnic 2010 - Channel One
Electric Arena , Saturday 4th September 12.40pm
Describe in a tweet: Wakey wakey!
What Happened: There's a cliché you'll always find in a review of the first band on day two of any festival. The reviewer will go on about how the band seemed too noisy for a sheepish, hungover gathering getting a not entirely welcomed alarm call. Well Channel One seemed too noisy for a sheepish, hungover gathering getting a not entirely welcomed alarm call. In the end, though... all is forgiven.
Electric Dreams: Yes it's insanely noisy (we could hear them the second we passed the mainstage) but thankfully (and we really mean that, ATL is a little fragile today) this particular racket is soothing our pickled little brains. Instrumental post-rock can, of course, be incredibly uplifting and Channel One soar today, epic as they are noisy, with beautiful dashes of xylophone and celesta gleaming through layers of riffage and those duelling drums. It's wonderful.
Ants at a picnic: ATL really wanted to sit down, but the music wouldn't allow us too. Faint criticism? Go figure.
EP rating: 8/10