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Cave Painting must have been feeling the pressure the whole time they toured with Alt-J. One can only imagine what it’s like to try and impress those who are probably only at each gig to catch a glimpse of one of the next big things and get them in ear shot.
Despite the probability of this playing on their minds, Cave Painting try their best to smash it. Disappointingly, for me, their set only really soared on their last song. The song in question had a belter of a chorus with each band member hammering it home. The rest of the set fell a little short but all’s well that ends well.
You can almost see the anticipation in the air for Alt-J’s arrival on stage. And arrive they do, in a modest, almost humble fashion. Any other band with the same amount of admiration and hype being thrown their way would be coming on to a firework display. Alt-J it seems, like to keep blissfully unaware of their status in the music industry.
Set highlights such as ‘Breezeblocks’ and ‘Matilda’ have already gained an anthem-like reputation but as tonight’s show proves, there are plenty more where they came from. ‘Something Good’ hops, skips and jumps its way into the classics-category as well as ‘Tessalate, with its lyrical explanation of the obscure choice of name: “Triangles are my favourite shape”.
I kid you not, when they did a live rendition of ‘Hand-Made’ I had shivers up my spine. Rather a clichéd sensation but it’s never happened to me when watching a live band. Alt-J’s music has a kind of ugly beauty.
Photos by Jonathan Morgan
About Jack Parker
I am a new music fan more than anything else: the latest thing is the greatest thing for me. But I still have time for the golden oldies of music. My favourite band of all time has to be Weird Dreams.