Plug - Jan 23rd
Originally published in Now Then Magazine issue 71
A freezing Thursday night in Sheffield didn’t stop leagues of fans from making their way down to Matilda Street, all because of a couple of guys from Essex. You may wonder what’s so special about them. Quite simply, something works, and it works so well that within only a handful of years they have gone from performing small close knit shows to filling out big rooms in cities across the country. Refusing major label backing and staying independent doesn’t seem to have mattered much.
Sarah Williams White opened up the night with some sultry and passionate vocal work. Second support slot of the evening was a passionately brilliant young poet/rapper called Itch. His DJ sporting a giant baby head as a way of concealing their identity hammered down massive heavy bass-line grooves. Performing new single “Life is Poetry”, I was impressed to the point of fandom.
It was about 9.20 when the stage went dark and the booth DJ halted his filling ambience. The room had grown packed over the course of the first two acts and the atmosphere was tense in the moment. Some beats began and from the almost pitch black stage came the familiar voice of Pip himself, an introduction to the set. Then with a whoosh of lighting and smoke, amidst the eerie glow of a darker shade of purple, they kicked off proper.
Instantly the crowd livened; the heavy sounding flow of the first two tracks got a real energy going with the audience. Scroobius commented early on how impressed he was with the mosh pit, and reminded everyone to look out for each other. Top bloke. There was plenty of interaction from Dan and Pip which is great; we get a true sense of their personality that isn’t there in studio albums. Revealing both supporting artists to help out in a couple of tracks, this was a great way of introducing their talents in a way people may appreciate more, another good move. A complete mix of material in era and feel, it was a great night out.