There’s a real nip in the air on Saturday night, but it’ll take more than a brisk chill to deter Hidden Herd from catching capital-based band Beach Baby, whose bleary slacker-pop promises to warm cockles and win hearts at Brighton haunt Patterns.
Just shy of the stone beach in the downstairs club, the Londoners take to the stage for the second night of their European headline tour, armed with the intense and infectious mix of surfy post-punk and washed-out 90s grunge that made up debut album ‘No Mind No Money’.
A cacophony of screams greet the quartet’s arrival, before they launch into a scintillating ‘Sleeperhead’ – a tune that combines the distinctive baritones of co-vocalists Ollie Pash and Lawrence Pumfrey over a kaleidoscopic fog of guitars. Like Mac DeMarco, whose record ambles dreamily from the PA before Beach Baby start, each chord quivers to create a vivid and surreal atmosphere that ricochets around the intimate room.
In a similar vein to their transatlantic touchstone Parquet Courts, the Goldsmiths four-piece have no shortage of contagious tunes: ‘U R’ reels in the room with its cooing chorus, highlight ‘Hot Weather’ overflows with hazy hooks and their LP title track delights due to its fidgety 12-string licks, which sound like they’re coming from a warped cassette that’s been left outside in a heatwave.
Of course, closer ‘Limousine’ – the biggest gun in the band’s arsenal – is the undeniable highlight and concludes in emphatic style with a whopping wall of noise. Primed for success, their music is that rarest of things: a rich sonic experience that’s also infectious.