Thursday, 28th October.
after coming in from a chilly evening, poxymash was warmed up nicely by the soulful and folky indie-rock sounds of i am arrows, the new band formed by razorlight's ex-drummer andy burrows. we arrived just in time for songs such as 'green grass' and the newly released 'hurricane'. a blast of tears for fears' 'mad world' was emitted from andy, who seemed to be in high spirits. playing to a crowd of people who weren't quite relaxed yet, he managed to ease the atmosphere in the old town hall and set the mood for the rest of the evening. we are looking forward to seeing more of this band as they develop.
i am arrows were followed by everything everything, who were out promoting their recently released album 'man alive'. poxymash loves the album, with it's myriad of strange sounds, but their songs didn't manifest as well in the venue. the high pitched vocals seemed lost amongst the other instruments and left an unbalanced feel to the songs. the crowd, picking up on the lacklustre sound, didn't get interested at all. the band salvaged some atmosphere with 'tin (the manhole)' and the superbly pleasing 'my kz, ur bf'.
feeling somewhat deflated, yet optimistic, we all waited for white lies to take the stage. we last encountered the band while they were headlining a small weekend festival in ireland during the summer. however, a few songs were missed on that occasion as a certain someone was kindly escorted out of the backstage area that they “totally accidentally” wandered into while “looking for the toilet”. poxymash was therefore looking forward to giving them a second, less hindered, look.
it was undoubted that people had come with only one band in mind. the crowd swayed and danced to songs from white lies' first album 'to lose my life'. they also played some songs from their upcoming, still untitled, album such as 'is love' and 'holy ghost'. a gentle hysteria descended on the crowd for the finale of 'farewell to the playground'. it was nice to see a crowd leave their hair down on a thursday night!
the event, which was part of a series of gigs titled ‘now playing’, was organised by three and spotify. they have teamed up to provide people with unlimited music on their phones.
the next event will be in manchester's the monastery on the 18th november. visit the 'now playing' website to sign-up and be in with a chance to win free tickets.
[james o' sullivan]