Gearing up for their NME Awards show, Monday (17th February) saw Childhood hit the latest ace venue to emerge in Brighton, Bermuda Triangle, bringing along the support of Telegram and Object Object, and storming it.
Despite the cavernously tiny state of the venue and depleted early crowd, Object Object, a band previously seen acing it with The Other Tribe last year, were up first and proved themselves to still be a strong outfit to keep an eye on from the off. The barely year old quartet bring an alternative shoegaze sound comprised of distorted, screaming yet intricate guitars, infectious basslines and crashing drums overlayed with the lush vocals of frontwoman Aimee Montague, that was sent hurling through the depths of the place and made for an intense sonic soundscape live.
Broken strings aside, the set saw them thunder through those new and previously put out on last year’s eponymous EP, drawing high comparisons to My Bloody Valentine, The Telescopes, The Cure and those alike throughout. Standouts came thick and fast from tracks such as ‘I Was Blind‘ and ‘Wasted Youth‘, both channelling shimmering riffs interwoven with dulcet vocal melodies and the latter with a bassline of sheer compelling funk that made for unadultered brilliance. The outfit may only have four recorded tracks to their name so far, but with live shows crammed full of complete talent and innovative tracks, they’re causing a stir in Brighton, and it can’t be too long before everyone else catches on too.
Penultimately, to a thankfully more packed out room, came Telegram, a band already gathering a staggering reputation for their live output, and quite rightly so.
The quartet emerge on stage appearing as 70s glam punk as their sound, an aesthetic that only improves their live experience as they thrash about the stage in the exact way all their tracks intend everyone else to do – or at least wish they could when surrounded by a frustratingly lifeless crowd on this particular night, but nonetheless remaining oozing the energy that very few live bands appear to be able to capture so well.
Tearing through unphased by aforementioned stillness issues, the group unleashed an array of their high octane fuzz psych like their lives depended on it – with latest offerings ‘Regatta’ and ‘Rule Number One’ standing up to the same heights as their debut single – and showcased monsters that are just crying to be released.
The debut single in question, ‘Follow’, is expectedly the greatest recieved of the night – even headbobbing from some brave souls in the chorus, driven by intense thunderous guitars and the cries of frontman Matt Saunders, the track remains to be one of the best put out in recent memory, and they’ve got even better ones up their sleeves. Closer ‘Folly’ certainly proves this, boasting a rage of frantic guitars and unavoidably catchy nature that culminates in a wash of feedback as they dart off the stage and leaves the vast majority of the crowd more than impressed.
With a collection of tracks and a live energy like no other, Telegram undoubtedly are set for great things this year, provided everyone starts moving at their gigs that is.
Childhood hit the stage last and admittedly had some tough acts to follow, though as expected, as the shimmers of ‘Blue Velvet’ kicked in, they didn’t have much trouble doing so. The quartet swiftly filled the room with the lush guitars and subtle swelling synth drones that drive their set and for an intensely grey night on the beach, the hedonistic vibes of summer were restored in full flow.
Led by the whimsical cries of Ben Romans-Hopcraft, the group glided from the soft dreamy types drawn by Leo Dobsen’s effortlessly crafted psychedelic guitar lines to the raging intensities of latest mega single ‘Pinballs’, the kind of carefree guitar/thunderous drums smash that would be enough to send any crowd into a jumping mass and rightly so – unless you happened to be in the painfully still Bermuda Triangle that night, of course
By the time, ‘Solemn Skies’ – a crowd favourite by definition, and a brilliantly catchy one at that – kicked in, the band had established themselves as one to more than look out for this year, and undoubtedly one of the best live acts around – let’s just hope the rest of the room appreciate it next time.
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