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20/02/2013 | NME Awards Tour – O2 Academy, Bournemouth

Elise Price


When we arrived, we were told that Miles Kane wasn’t playing tonight. It’s a shame, but on the plus side the set times of the other bands seemed to have been extended. Peace walked out on stage with a relaxed attitude, and the opening couple of songs certainly carried that edge of tranquility. It was a feel good opening to the set and the crowd couldn’t help but get drawn into the progressive indie sound. Higher Than The Sun made me think of spinning around in a field in summer. It’s warm and it makes you want to dance, which is welcome in February and I could feel the winter blues ebbing away with every song Peace played.

With a definite ‘let the music speak for itself’ approach there was little audience interaction though, and it was a good half way through before the crowd were involved in some clap along action. Occasionally when bands do this you feel a little put out, less involved with the set, maybe even ignored. But that’s not the case here, you can tell that they love the music, they love playing, and that’s just what they’re doing.

Palma Violets continued the vibe perfectly, reminding me of a modern version of The Clash, combined with some Noah and the Whale melodies and break downs. They played their single Best Friend, which saw members of the crowd on each others shoulders. Even the most reluctant of movers were bobbing their heads in the back, with some punk undertones really coming across well live. If you’re a fan of their music recorded, I would definitely recommend catching a live show. The vocals have an added depth and the bass fills the room with a wall of sound.

When I knew I was going to see Django Django live, I expected some crazy beats, some great bass, and a lot of dancing. I didn’t, however, expect it to be quite so deep and overwhelming. From the moment they walked on stage, the projections and lighting emphasised and enhanced the experience. The sound was that fantastic kind you can feel inside your stomach; a massive party for the senses, with the synth shaking the building. Unsurprisingly, it didn’t take long before even the sound man was dancing right at the back of the Academy.

The most overwhelming aspect of their live show is how rich the drums sound; the beats drive the music on, and greater depth is given by the synth player who is constantly switching between maracas and a tambourine. Even the singer – when he isn’t strumming his guitar – seems to have a pair of drumsticks in his hands the whole time. There is an almost tribal feeling to Django Django’s live set, the only likeness to which would be buying the CD, then buying some more and playing them all at the same time.