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The third day of FIB 2018 gave way yesterday to Pet Shop Boys, Chase and Status (Live), The Kooks, Belle & Sebastian, Metronomy, The Horrors, Toundra, Monarchy and a never-ending list of great artists.
The synthpop duo from London, England, were headlining the Saturday night appointment. With almost forty years onstage, Pet Shop Boys presented their thirteenth album Super (2016). Inner Sanctum -show opener- and The Pop Kids -show closer- together with Burn were the most acclaimed songs. But Neil Tennant (lead vocals) and Chris Lowe (keyboards, synthesizers, programming, sequencers, samples…) had a fabulous set of classics and hits that caused so many goosebumps. Some examples were Love Is a Bourgeois Construct, New York City Boy, Se A Vida É (That’s The Way Life Is), It’s a Sin, Go West (was it originally by Village People… really?), Opportunities (Let’s Make Lots of Money) and West End Girls. Domino Dancing, Always on My Mind (Brenda Lee cover) and a reprise of The Pop Kids (yes, it has been played and danced at the beginning of the set but everyone agreed to jump like it was the end of the… show).
And after that general agreement in the first position, possibly many wood place Chase And Status as the obvious second great performance of the night. Unfortunately we needed to miss a part of the set by the drum and bass band from London, to be able to surrender to one of the best gigs of the night. And we don’t mean Giggs’ gig.
Metronomy were simply brilliant. Magnificent. Joseph Mount, focused now on the guitar rather than the keys, leaded a unique indietronica -now sweetened and then convoluted- wonky pop act. Not many bands on Earth are doing what this guys are creating. And, trust us, what you hear is what their fingers play, note by note, without releasing the job on loads and loads of programming as many other ‘live’ acts do. The most remarkable performances were those by Anna Prior (drums and vocals) and Gbenga Adelekan (bass guitar and vocals) who set a perfect canvas for the band to paint their art. The band from Totnes, Devon, England, presented their fifth work, Summer 08 (2016). They show openers were Back Together, Miami Logic, Old Skool, The Bay, 16 Beat, I’m Aquarius and My Heart Rate Rapid, in a parade of illogical and unpredictable thread that suddenly harboured the most sensible sanity. Love Letters, and the show closers The Look and Reservoir were the peak moments for the delighted audience.
From Brighton, England, indie rock band leaded by Luke Pritchard, The Kooks presented their steaming hot new album Let’s Go Sunshine (2018), from which Bad Habit was the only one able to compete with songs such as Ooh La, She Moves in Her Own Way, Westside, Eddie’s Gun, Seaside and the two show closers Junk of the Heart (Happy) and, no other way, their anthem: Naïve.
A very different key had the show by the Scottish chamber pop ensemble, Belle and Sebastian. The band from Glasgow, are touring their last trio of EPs: How to Solve Our Human Problems (2017-2018). Stuart Murdoch, wearing his ‘one hit wonder’ T-shirt, connected very well with the audience from the very beginning. They invited to the stage a gang of fans to conclude with The Boy With the Arab Strap, The Party Line and, one of the most beautiful songs on Earth, their I Want the World to Stop.
Also, The Horrors, introduced V (2017), their fifth album, in a practice of gothic shoegazing. We hate to say Faris Badwan and friends, from Southend-on-Sea, Essex, England, used to have something that could be evaporating or maybe disolving in the crowded scene of indie rock.
Monarchy, from London, UK, Andrew Armstrong (producer, DJ) and Ra Black (vocals, lyrics) delighted us with their melodic Synth pop, but… is it possible they are still touring Re|Vision (2015)?
Today, Sunday 22nd we will have the ultimate fight. Liam Gallagher, Justice, Bastille, Madness, Dorian, Wolf Alice, Parquet Courts, Shame, King Khan & The Shrines and a bunch more of artists will be on your side. Are you missing it???
Yesterday, Friday July 20th we will have on the stages The Killers, Eric Prydz, The Vaccines, Catfish and The Bottlemen, The Charlatans, Sleaford Mods, Anna Calvi and many other!!!
Of course, the kings -regardless to the K- were the Killers, who introduced themselves in Spanish as ‘Los Asesinos’. The heartland rock band from Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. kept wide open everyone’s eyes. Brandon Flowers’ group are touring Wonderful Wonderful (2017). From this -their fifth- album, they chose The Man (show opener), Run for Cover, The Calling (encore opener, when Flowers suddenly appeared in sequin cowboy outfit disguise) and Tyson vs. Douglas, which sounded just like played Spotify because the respected everything and the recorded voice-over from the album track.
The whole set was amazing as only bands deserving the headlining can make it – but for Smile Like You Mean It which sounded like pitch-lowered, and keys almost inexistent. Nevertheless, magic radiated from the stage to the tunes of Somebody Told Me, Spaceman, The Way It Was and For Reasons Unknown. In this song drums were played by a fan Flowers chose from the public making sure he was a Spanish. Drummer Ronnie Vannucci Jr. tutored his guest properly and the kid was very applauded. The frontman spoke his best Spanish and asked for light ‘Dadme vuestra luz!’ for A Dustland Fairytale. Read My Mind -with special guest Ryan Evan McCann (lead vocalist for Catfish and The Bottlemen, who had been playing hours before on that same stage),
All These Things That I’ve Done and finally When You Were Young were the main set closers. After The Calling (sequin cowboy outfit as said before), Human -introduced with certain philosophic and philanthropic meaning on the screens-, and Mr. Brightside, the show closer. This mega hit from their first album Hot Fuss (2004) was a nice surprise for us because it was started with a cover of itself which made it difficult to be identified, and then all of a sudden the original version exploded onto the attendants, who possibly by this time are still bouncing up and down.
But much more happened yesterday in FIB 2018. The Vaccines, landed today on FIB 2018’s main stage and starting unleashing their hits. Hits such as Wreckin’ Bar (Ra Ra Ra), Teenage Icon, Wetsuit, Post Break-Up Sex, Handsome, I Always Knew and If You Wanna. Justin Hayward-Young’s garage surf rock band smashed it with their fourth, last album Combat Sports (2018) before an impressed audience!!! Nightclub (show opener), Out On The Street and Your Love Is My Favourite Band and I Can’t Quit (show closer) were the songs picked up by the group from West London, England.
Hours before, Catfish and The Bottlemen, had been teaching a lesson in indie post-punk revival also at the main stage of the festival. The band from Llandudno, North Wales, UK, formed by Ryan Evan McCann (lead vocals, guitars), Benji Blakeway (bass), Robert Hall (drums) and Johnny Bond (guitars) played hits from their popular first album, The Balcony (2014) such as Homesick, Kathleen, Pacifier, Cocoon and Tyrants, and from ‘new’ songs from their last LP record, The Ride (2016) such as Soundcheck, Twice and 7. They spent some time touring as opening act for Green Day. Is possibly that the reason for no more new material?
Swedish producer Eric Prydz, performed the progressive tech house sound of his Opus (2016) in a two hour set that made even the ground vibrate.
On the second stage, Sleaford Mods, from Nottingham, England spitted their irreverent and minimalist electro-punk on not many witnesses that could afford missing The Vaccines on the main stage. A shocking part of the show was watching Jason Williamson as the audience to ‘watch their language’ little before claiming ‘where the fuck are you going, this is it, this is what it has always been!’. Even more shocking was watching Andrew Fearn tap the play button and stepping back to enjoy his eternal can of beer… even though we do know ‘that was it, that was what it has always been’…
Last but not least, Anna Calvi’s show of art rock. The singer and guitarist from Twickenham, England, is very popular especially for her style at playing the guitar. She presented some songs from her upcoming third album Hunter -to be released next month- like As A Man, Hunter, and Indies Or Paradise.
Today will be the turn for Pet Shop Boys, Chase and Status (Live), The Kooks, Belle & Sebastian, Giggs, Metronomy, The Horrors, Toundra, Monarchy and many more awesome concerts!!! Will you witness it or not???
FIB 2018 Benicassim festival started its 24th edition yesterday Thursday July 19th with artists such as Two Door Cinema Club, Travis Scott, Izal, J Hus, Jessie Ware, Everything Everything, Cashmere Cat, Tune-Yards, Nothing But Thieves, The Magic Gang and Caroline Rose.
From Burlington, Vermont, USA, alternative rockabilly singer Caroline Rose, first time in Spain, started up the main (Las Palmas) stage presenting her third album, Loner (2018), with her most beautiful set and stuffed kitten on the keys!!! Her setlist was stuff of songs from her last album such as Soul No. 5 and Money, and she also had time to perform a cover of Britney Spears’ Toxic.
Indie garage band from Brighton, The Magic Gang was next warming up Visa Stage. How can their songs be soooo catchy?! Tunes like Oh, Saki (show opener) and All That I Want Is You (show closer), both from their homonym debut album, still are in our dreams’ soundtrack!
Back to the main stage, Nothing But Thieves, from Southend-on-Sea, Essex, England were shocked by the high percentage of British people among the public of what frontman
Conor Mason called ‘one of the best festivals’. They are touring their second album: Broken Machine (2017). Mason (lead vocalist and guitarist), together with Joe Langridge-Brown (guitarist), Dominic Craik (guitarist and keyboardist), Philip Blake (bassist) and James Price (drummer) shot a setlist plenty of awesome, direct songs like: I’m Not Made by Design, Ban All the Music, Wake Up Call, Excuse Me, Soda, Itch, Live Like Animals, I Was Just a Kid, Particles, Trip Switch, Sorry and Number 13. Last… and least, their show closer was Amsterdam. Unfortunately, Mason sounded not very focused on the verse, as if the chorus was the only thing, thus crashing onto the climax rather than landing onto it. Possibly it was like that because of the hot weather he mentioned several times. However, the band gave us one of the best performances of the night with powerful alternative rock hymns.
Merrill Garbus (vocals, ukulele, percussion) and Nate Brenner (bass guitar), together with touring percussionist Hamir Atwal, equals Tune-Yards. Art pop, worldbeat, indie pop, lo-fi group from New England, United States are touring their most recent, fourth LP: I Can Feel You Creep Into My Private Life (2018). Garbus really enjoyed playing with samples of her own voice, noises and stuff, blended with a blasting bass and drum background that sounded incredibly perfect, just like clockworks. Their Heart Attack (!) was the best moment of the show on the second (Visa) stage.
Quick run to the South Beach Dance Stage Radio 3, we witnessed for a few minutes the experimental set by Meridian Brothers, from Bogotá, Colombia. Short but intense,
the run was worth it. Possibly not that much, the run back to the main stage where J Hus, from Stratford, London was presenting his debut long hip hop work Common Sense (2017).
One more walk to the second stage, Everything Everything, from Manchester, United Kingdom made a quite crowded stage be delighted with the songs from their fourth, last album: A Fever Dream (2017) and its follow-up tour. Everyone there sang along to the art pop songs by Jonathan Higgs (lead vocals), Jeremy Pritchard (bass, keyboards), Michael Spearman (drums)
and Alex Robertshaw (lead guitar, keyboards).
A hugh crowd was getting ready for Two Door Cinema Club. The dance-punk revival ensemble from Northern Ireland, still touring their Gameshow (2016), shot all their hits in a row to engage every ear there. Alex Trimble (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Sam Halliday (lead guitar) and Kevin Baird’s (bass guitar, synthesizers, keyboards) team completed by touring and recording members Benjamin Thompson (drums) Jacob Berry (rhythm guitar, beats, synthesizers, keyboards). Are We Ready? (Wreck), Bad Decisions and Lavender, from their last album, plus huge hits like Undercover Martyn, What You Know and I Can Talk brought the first night of FIB’s this years edition to its zenith.
Jessie Ware, backed up by six musicians including drums, percussion, bass, guitar and programming impressed the audience with her sophisti-pop. The artist, from Hammersmith, London performed crystal clearly song from her last album Glasshouse (2017) Alone, Midnight and Your Domino. No To Love, was one of the most acclaimed songs.
Because at a festival sometimes we need to choose, we chose to check on Pale Waves, at the VW Driving Music Fib Club. The band goth-pop band formed in 2014 in Manchester, England, by Heather Baron-Gracie (vocals, rhythm guitar), Ciara Doran (drums), Hugo Silvani (lead guitar, keyboards), and Charlie Wood (bass, keyboards) presented their upcoming debut album All the Things I Never Said, to be released in September, both with songs from the homonym EP, such as Heavenly, My Obsession, New Year’s Eve and The Tide, and new ones like There’s A Honey, Kiss, Noises and Television Romance.
On the main (back)stage, Scott Travis made his fans and other festival-goers wait for half an hour. The trap singer from Houston, Texas presented his third and last LP, AstroWorld (2018) in an excessive abuse of the vocoder -a synthesizer that produces sounds from an analysis of speech input-.Today, Friday July 20th we will have on the stages The Killers, Eric Prydz, The Vaccines, Catfish and The Bottlemen, The Charlatans, Sleaford Mods, Anna Calvi and many other!!! See you at FIB 2018.