Like a breath of fresh air from the constant conveyor belt of guitar bands, Gentlemen are a cut above the rest. 'Just To Be With You' the John Legend style piano breakdowns lend it a style all of it's own. Standout track 'Dig In Deep' gets people bouncing and singing along like a red coat troupe in Bognor. Their style jumps all over the place revealing a bizarre funk-edged Starsailor hybrid on 'My God Your Beautiful'. Despite looking like rustic uncles at a hoedown they have a quirky appeal that gives them an extra spark.
Crawling straight of the pub circuit Bhuna are a band for the everyman. With an American MOR vibe they write songs about chavs; the Weezer meets Buzzcocks' 'Jason' and Porn Stars on Mansun style 'Casey Come Home'. Debut single 'Making Trees with Hands' has a naÃ¯ve quality that is somewhat lost when 'Addicted to Change' strays into Quo territory. Closing with 'See You In Your Dreams' starts trying to sound like Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here and ends up, weirdly more like Hoobastank, a valiant effort, but no cigar.
With one of the least catchy names in the biz Ormonoroyd has a special charm that makes the worth remembering. Their sweeping orchestral sound on 'Wencelas DDD' would warm even the coldest of hearts. Steering clear of the Polyphonic Spree leanings on drifting Icelandic sounds of 'Perfect Designs', start to mess around and have fun 'Eyes On The Road'. The truly bizarre 'We Are Deeply Pleased To Be Hosting The 2012 Olympics' sounds like a couple of cats stuck in a bag with a melancholy basset hound and unsurprisingly the crowd start to lose interest. They pull things back together nicely with the shiny happy harmonies of 'Scarlet'. Standout track of the set 'Quick Run' has a trippy quality mixed with off kilter sweetness of Bright Eyes and The Delgados - and it's truly magical.
Opinionated New York Residents We Are Scientists are a band with a reputation to maintain. Current media darlings with their single 'Nobody Move..' all over the radiowaves like crash was little prepared for unassuming chaps who amble quietly onto stage. 'The Scene Is Dead' gets this off to a gentle start, picking up the pace on Inaction' the foot tapping is already turning to hipwiggling. By the time they reach the urgent Gang of Four style riffs on 'Lousy Reputations' people just can't keep still. One over exuberant guy in front left this Gigwise reviewer wondering whether to call the Paramedics in. Getting down with a NYC club vibe single 'Nobody Move Nobody Gets Hurt', the line "go for it" says it all, everybody is having a damn good time and singer Keith Murray can't hide his grin at everyone knowing all the words. Elsewhere, 'Can't Lose' has a more offbeat Modest Mouse feel and 'It's a Hit' hides a snarling bitter edge thatâ€™s waiting to come out. Slowing things down slightly 'Mucho Mas' and the EMO leanings of 'Textbook' see a more mournful lamenting side without going even close to being sappy. Ending with new single 'The Great Escape' they throw themselves into it one last time and the crowd happily follow. This is one band that doesn't need a press fanfare to get noticed.
Hailing from Sweden, Dungen's (pronounced dunyen) special brand of quiet, unassuming rock crosses all barriers. Despite being sung in their native swedish the music dubbed 'folkrockpsych' is attracting attention from all corners. Without attempting to follow the words the set is like beautifully deconstructed chaos. With the gentle summery Beach Boys vibe of 'Panda' and the Japanese meets Beatles vibe of 'Ta det Lungt' the crowd have a lot to take in. Visually they fling themselves all over the stage at times spinning in circles till them become almost a blur of instruments and hair. Sticking with the 70's hippy vibe 'Lipsill' has a definite Yes feel to it. 'Gjort Bort Sig' sees them show their more intense side, bursting in a ball of The Music meets traditional Nordic folk energy.
Dungen go even more experimental with a curious mix of Jazz house meets forties musical theatre that is 'Om du Vore en Vacthund'. But it works, by far they highlight track of the night it spins off course ending up like Hendrix caught in a thunderstorm with King Crimson. Finishing off with a flourish they sweep through the gently melancholic 'Festival' and the dreamy lull of 'Du E For Fin Mig' that has distorted Hendrix style ending worthy of the great man himself. while they don't always make fireworks Gustav Ejstes brand of "folkrockpsych" looks set ton warm peoples hearts well into the winter, bring on the next 70's revival!