A Review To Kill
Wow. Our artist review contest is in full swing – and there are so many awesome entries already! We’re loving reading about all your favourite artists and best gig experiences here at Songkick HQ!
If you haven’t written a review for us just yet, fear not; the competition is still open for entries until the end of July. To be in with a chance of winning up to $500 worth of festival tickets (!), plus other exciting prizes, simply head here, pick your favorite artist from the list and write 200 words (or more!) on the unique and life-changing experience of seeing them live.
But for now, for a dose of inspiration, here are a few standout reviews we’ve received so far…
SoCal sisters Haim have had a stonking couple of years. After winning last year’s BBC Sound Of poll, their meteoric rise was kicked off proper, even though they’d been garnering oodles of hype with early material, and gaining comparisons to Fleetwood Mac for months.
Now, in the aftermath of Days Are Gone (“nu-folk meets 90s R&B”, some say,) the trio stampede across the globe, displaying their ditties for all to see. Returning to Glastonbury for an almost-unprecedented second year running, the band rattled through a hit-packed set – including a cover of Beyoncé’s “XO” – in the perilous moments before a tremendous thunderstorm struck and halted the entire festival.
Staples of all their shows – or at least the majority – include rousing renditions of radio-friendly pop-rock like “Falling,” “The Wire,” “If I Could Change Your Mind,” “Don’t Save Me” and “Forever.” As well, the three sisters (Alana, Danielle and Este) are fond of chatting with the crowd, often with blunt results. However, these days, possibly the biggest definite of a Haim show is Este Haim’s infamous bassface. A blend of horror-movie gurns, lemon sucking contortions and the silenced yowls of no-anaesthetic amputations, it’s a sight to behold that’s become as famous as the band.
Emo stalwarts Jimmy Eat World have been truckin’ since the early/mid-90s, careening through venues across the world and honing their live show into a precise, well-oiled machine. Make no mistake though, they’re not corporatised puppets – Jimmy Eat World retain the raw streak that made them so appealing at the outset of their career. Don’t worry, they’ll still make you bawl like a toddler who’s dropped their ice cream with their tender balladry and grazed-knee emotion.
Big numbers such as “Pain”, “A Praise Chorus”, “Sweetness” and “The Middle” are still stellar anthems from the Arizona natives in live settings, and though they’ve been going over twenty years, the voltage runs hot through the veins of Jim Adkins, Rick Burch, Zach Lind and Tom Linton when they coo, strum, pick and thwack. The energy and emotion courses through them as if each track was being played for the first time. ‘Damaged’ and ‘Invented’ may not have charted as well as their early records, but there’s not one inkling that Jimmy Eat World are waning in quality. Head back in time, relive those emo years, or discover them for the first time – either way, there’s so much to love about these living legends.
Magnificent Metronomy’s majestic music mesmerises the minds of mere mortals. Before this wonderful band from Devon made their way into my life, and onto my iPod, I wouldn’t go near electronic music with a metaphorical barge pole. However, a mix between funky bass lines, memorable keyboard riffs and the stage presence of Joe, Oscar, Olugbenga and Anna has won me over, as well as opening my mind to another world of music.
As far as their albums that are performed live are concerned, each is a giant leap in a new direction. ‘Nights Out’ had an industrial sound to it, similar to the works of Kraftwerk before them, whereas ‘The English Riviera’ has a more refined feel to the LP, playing host to arguably their most famous song, ‘The Look.’ Their latest release, ‘Love Letters,’ presents some almost new-age disco tracks which just shows the vast distance between their present work and when they’d started, whilst keeping the essence that makes these guys such a unique and brilliant band.
There is the common pre-conception that some groups cannot replicate the studio recordings as well when playing to live audiences… Metronomy are most certainly not one of these bands. It’s almost as if they thrive off the encouragement of the crowd and pressure to hit every single note. Stood in front of them, you just can’t avert your eyes as the captivating light show as well as the jolly smiles and atmosphere of everything around you just draws you in, making you feel one with the beat. They can play venues from a small club to a festival stage and the experience is just as special.