Plus Joy Formidable, Young Fathers perform at free London show
The band topped the bill at the show, held in association with Dr Martens, which celebrated the end of the station’s month-long run on FM in the capital.
The London broadcast precedes a similar run on FM in Manchester, transmitting on 87.7FM from November 10.
Forced to play sitting in an office chair, frontman James Rushent explained to the crowd that he had broken his leg, but it was nearly on the mend.
“If anyone takes the piss out of me for sitting down during the show, broken leg or not, I’ll get you,” he declared. “It’s coming off tomorrow, I can walk. This is our last show for quite a while.”
Despite it being a late Sunday night, the band inspired a mosh-pit at the front, with guitarist Morgan Quaintance joking: “How many people calling in sick for tomorrow?”
Dedicating ‘Being Bad Feels Pretty Good’ to Cher and Kerry Katona, the band also played their “pop song” ‘Dawn Of The Dead’ before ending their set with ‘We Are Rock Stars’.
“This is the last drop we’ll do, are you ready to rock ‘n’ roll?” asked Quaintance as the song reached it climax “Do you want to go faster? Then make some noise!”
Speaking to NME.COM after the show, Quaintance declared:
“It was amazing, they always are at these NME dos and tonight they showed how good they can be. What made it difference for us is that we’re all suffering from different kind of psychedelic illnesses, we’ve been touring for nearly two years non-stop, so it’s good to have this as the climax.”
He added that the band now intend to use their extended break to write and record a follow-up to debut ‘You Have No Idea What You’re Getting Yourself Into’.
“We’re going to write the second record now, it’s not a mystery. The second record will be like the first one, only a lot better!” he explained. “A lot of bands have come out and have released second records that are just shit, and then third ones that are just shit. It’s remarkable that these shit records get really good responses from people, so what we’re going to do is release a record that’s better than the first and we’ll get some really bad reviews for it [laughs]. We’re just going to strive to make a really good album.”
Earlier, the night had been kicked off by hip-hop newcomers Young Fathers, while in the second room Vinny Vinny performed a poppy set of Brit rhythm and blues.
Back in the main room Operators got the crowd moving with their funk-infused indie, that saw the band’s multi-instrumentalist swapping between their guitars, drums and synths throughout the set.
They were followed by the North Wales trio The Joy Formidable, whose recent single ‘Austere’ proved a hit with the crowd.
In the second room, Popular Workshop continued the grunge vibe, before Dead Kids closed things up with a chaotic set.
The synth-led digital berserkers started off getting themselves accidentally entangled in the light fittings, before lead singer Mike Title shoved a bouncer off the stage, divided the packed room in two, and jumped into the middle to inspire a frantic mosh pit.