We jump back to the Finsbury for our monthly collaboration with Lost in the Manor. Our roster tonight covers seductively oozey indie, complete with pscyadelic influences and stateside rock.
Stranger Girl‘s jangly sound is an instant-mood shifter, bringing the best of Brighton’s melancholy beachside indie to the big smoke. Their crisp guitars held rhythmic tempos that had everyone in the crowd nodding and tapping their feet; containing all the indie-pop tinkerings of Circa Waves and The Drums.
Our second act Suzi Island also hails from the South coast, albeit with a different twist on modern indie. Their off-kilter electronic teasings sat them closer to Everything Everything and CHILDCARE than the indie groups mentioned previously, cementing their ownable sound – something that cuts through in today’s industry.
Latest release ‘Actor‘ had gentle influences from noughties rnb, with pulsing percussion and string sections cutting through with pop melodies and punchy synths.
Phantom Isle then bought us back to tender tastes of kaleidoscopic psychedelia, gently soaked in acid guitar riffs and hook-laden vocals. Their sound had us reminiscent of Temples and Peace, although commendably finding themselves somewhere in the middle; making use of catchy pop sensibilities and psych/funk instrumentals. The result is something undeniably accessible and resonant.
Their latest release ‘Focus‘ turned a few heads and had many nodding along. This track pushed more of their melancholy vibes, whilst the more jarring ‘Nightmare’ showed a more visceral side to their set, bringing Oasis-frinedly vocal melodies to chunky, charged guitar riffs.
Finally we had our headliners Escapists take to the stage. Long-standing Hidden Herd favourites, we are always awed by their sheer dynamism between tracks. Being compared to both Weezer and Fleet Foxes is something that very few bands can do, however Escapists can pull this off with a delicate grace.
On the heavier side of their sound, tracks such as ‘Army of One‘ erupted through the venue, complete with charged vocals and jangly, heavy guitars that had the whole crowd moving. Conversely, they even took on a cover of the Talking Heads, something many would shy away from but they delivered in droves.
This concoction of dynamic sounds and Simon Glancy’s heartfelt vocals deliver an opus which is both refreshing and poignant – most bands today struggle to push boundaries outside of their trademark ‘sound’. This is Escapists‘ forte.