The phrase “one to watch out for” or “the new blank” (swap blank for Killers, U2, Arctic Monkeys etc.) is bandied around at an increasingly annoying rate in the music industry these days. It’s certainly a phrase I’ve done well to keep out of all of my reviews, that is until now.
After a quite short but stunning set at the Sebright Arms (London 20th May 2014) I can officially confirm that ‘Beaty Heart’ are ”one to watch out for”. Interestingly though I can’t add the phrase “the new blank” as there is simply no-one directly to compare this band against. On show last night was something remarkably original and fresh that has left me with an overwhelming feeling that not all of the current music industry is going to shit. All hail ‘Beaty Heart’ … purveyors of música increíble.
The evening was a homecoming of sorts for the band. The Peckham based band have been an item for a number of years (their ‘Slush Puppy/Cola’ EP was released in 2011). However, it’s only in the past year that the band seems to have really appeared on the musical radar. Last night London based family and friends were clearly in attendance but considerably outnumbered by a large number of journalists, and the Sebright Arms was the perfect venue for relatives and music press alike to see just how far this band have grown since their days of recording in bedrooms.
New album ‘Mixed Blessings’ was given an airing before its 2nd June 2014 release and the results were spectacular. An album rich in rhythm and a live performance as good as I’ve seen in 2014 meant that no one left before the final curtain. Every track seemed to offer something a little different from the last and none of them conformed to the ‘verse-chorus-verse-chorus-key change’ mantra. The songs are full of clever lyrics and instrumentation that leaves you demanding more.
‘Lekka Freakout’ was a familiar tune that immediately led to crazed dancing from the front of the venue. I tried to work out if the gentleman was drunk or maybe insane. The answer was neither; he had simply been picked up by the infectious drums and exhausting performance. His dancing continued throughout and only clever positioning and a heightened sense of anticipation prevented possible beer spillage … ‘Beaty Heart’ meet your biggest fan to date.
Previous ‘GIGsoup Track of the Day’ “Kanutes Comin Round” was received well by the packed in crowd but it was final track “Seafood” that received the biggest cheer of the night. It’s a track that is impossible to resist and is the culmination of a band very much on the verge of something big.
‘Beaty Heart’ performs at an almost relentless rate but at no time is their material compromised by this. As a live act they are simply a class above some of the more recognised bands on the current circuit and if you have the opportunity to see this talented group of musicians then i implore you to do so.
A quick mention to the support band ‘Summer Heart’ who also gave us an extremely impressive set. I would have paid the entrance fee to see this performance alone.