Community LDN‘s three-day East London venue takeover showcases a whole host of scintillating tips for next year, but for us it’s all about seeing glitter-clad newcomers Pleasure Beach who we first featured here back in July.
In front of Hoxton Square Bar‘s crimson drapes and winking neons, the Belfast quintet launch into the stadium-ready title track from their just-dropped debut EP. Opener ‘Dreamer To The Dawn’ sounds massive tonight, like Arcade Fire covering Springsteen‘s ‘Born in the U.S.A.’, and is seemingly built to ricochet around rooms fifty times the size of this one. Its infinitely impressive and so is its successor, the unreleased ‘Magic Mountain’, which sounds like The War on Drugs‘ dreamy West Coast guitar-work backdropping the unshakeable earworming hook from Dire Straits‘ ‘Walk of Life’.
The five-piece strip back their high-octane Americana from there with lush synths and cooing harmonies (‘Hayley’), an atmospheric cover of The Boss (‘I’m On Fire’) and a trumpet-adorned slow build (‘Absentee’), but they lose a little of their spark without the same energy and driving beat. Alas, the instantaneous surge that is ‘Go’ – one of our favourite #FoundSound discoveries – is also cruelly cut as their curtain call due to timings.
It’s not a perfect showcase of Pleasure Beach‘s powers, but we’re still certain that their rousing, call-to-arms refrains will be strewn all over 2016.