Live At Leeds - the metropolitan music festival held annually across a variety of venues in Leeds on the first bank holiday weekend of May - has just added some huge bands to its roster.
Indie fans better take note, as just a portion of the line up includes Rudimental, Everything Everything, The Pigeon Detectives, The Vaccines, Tribes, AlunaGeorge, The Staves, Darwin Deez, Little Comets, King Krule, Laura Mvula, Swim Deep, The 1975 and Peace. LAL continues to enforce its remit of pushing local bands to the fore while providing national acts to draw in the crowds. It's a real music lover's affair, and this year looks set to carry on the tradition. And with tickets from just £22.50, it's affordable too.
The Pigeon Detectives - having just announced album number 4, Rudimental - will look to bring their uncompromising brand of indie to the proceedings, while The Vaccines will be playing a separate ticketed event on the Sunday of Live at Leeds with special support from TOY and more names to be added.
Former faux 'Phantom' mask wearing, electro leaning Liverpudlians Wave Machines are back with some seriously sublime tunage of the highest order. 'Pollen' follows up their excellent 2009 debut 'Wave If You're Really There'. As if picking up the baton of Merseyside electronic excellence, Wave Machines seem to have become the definitive successors in a lineage that can be traced back through Ladytron, Electronica, Dead Or Alive and OMD. Not that Pollen is shackled to the synth or is in any way one dimensional, it is merely an obvious development that sees them as the next part of the evolutionary process.
The ten track sophomore album is brought to life by its original teaser track, 'Counting Birds'. The magnificent strings, thudding bass beat and brooding synth line carry the narrative vocal superbly (think Day One with a Metronomy mix). October's radio friendly single 'Ill Fit' has more of a Prince bent in its funky high pitched and playful plinky plonk arrangement. 'I Hold Loneliness', the band's current single and 6Music favourite, maintains the quality of the initial salvo with off-set percussive beats and instantly catchy, harmony heavy vocalisation.
The drum machine led 'Blood Will Roll' changes the dynamic slightly as the tone is altered through a more mannered and thoughtful production. The build and break of the
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Review of Wave Machines album Wave If You're Really There released through Neapolitan.
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Wave Machines Wave Machines performing at the Academy Islington 22/05/09
His new album Underneath It All is out now.