A deliberately frothy take on an under-documented moment in US politics
Oran Mor, Glasgow, February 16
It’s just as well because Darwin needs their help to get through ‘Bed Space’, after he suffers a brain-freeze and screws up the lyrics. Nobody minds too much, it’s all a bit of a giggle. Not-so-recent single ‘Free (The Editorial Me)’ and new song ‘No Love’ – the latter described wrongly by Deez as “the best song you’ll hear tonight” – don’t get the same reaction. While it’s unfair to dismiss his new stuff, especially as it hasn’t been out long enough to sink in, they come across a bit flat. The only exception is the incredible wail-out of ‘Redshift’.
In the main, it’s songs from 2010’s self-titled debut that garner the most ecstatic reception. It’s understandable, what with ‘Radar Detector’ being an utterly massive party-starter. The same could be said for ‘Bad Day’, a song that sounds best when hundreds of voices sing along to it. It makes way for ‘(800) Human’, which closes the set on a punk riff. A few more of those, and he won’t need to fill out the weaker parts of his show with dance skits any more.
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