THIS Bangor four-piece have made impressive and steadily growing returns out of taking the zinging, angular post-punk guitars, disco beats and soaring choruses Bloc Party largely discarded after their first album, and sweetening them with a little of The Postal Service’s melancholic electronica.
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Over a 75-minute set, there was no getting away from how formulaic their music remains after two albums, but if they continue perfecting the blueprint then arenas may well soon be within their reach.
If speedy opener Sleep Alone set the BPM high, the speedier still Undercover Martyn signalled intention to keep it there. You have to wonder how many sets of hi-hats drummer Benjamin Thompson goes through in a tour considering the pasting they took from him – a racing four-to-the-floor disco pattern being his default setting, underpinning guitarist Sam Halliday’s finger-shredding melodies on the high frets, and frontman Alex Trimble’s earnest emoting to the heavens about nothing too specific.
This Is The Life touched on The Cribs’ shrewd approach to an indie anthem; the groove of Sun was pretty much TDCC’s one concession to mid-tempo, while Something Good Can Work recalled Vampire Weekend’s funky Afro-pop.
Not that many people here seemed to be decrying the relative sameness of TDCC’s stuff. By the end and What You Know – the Northern Irishmen’s most accomplished encapsulation yet of their instantly crowd-pleasing fare – fans in the front few rows must have been losing feeling in their arms, they’d been waving them aloft for so long in celebration of this undoubtedly emerging force of a band.