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???