Gnarls Barkley unveil live band at Coachella

Plus all the action as the second day of the Californian bash gets underway

Gnarls Barkley have made their festival debut this afternoon (April 30) on the second day of Coachella 2006.

The duo who topped both album and single charts in the UK today, played only their second ever show in Californian event’s Gobi Tent. The group had only ever played a secret warm-up show before, just two days ago at the Roxy in Los Angeles.

With the tent packed, Danger Mouse told NME.COM he was pleased with the interest despite the fact the group’s debut ‘St Elsewhere’ isn’t yet out on this side of the Atlantic.


“The record doesn’t come out for two weeks so it’s interesting, but we’re just letting it come together slowly, actually it’s getting quite quick now,” he explained.

The pair, completed by vocalist Cee-Lo, opted to use a band rather than samples for their live incarnation. “We’ve got a 14 piece band together and it’s sounding really good,” explained Danger Mouse. “I’ve never done anything like this before, so what we’ve tried to do is just recreate the album around what we’ve got and I’m pretty pleased.”

Dressed as characters from Wizard Of Oz with Danger Mouse as the Tin Man and Cee-Lo as the Cowardly Lion the pair’s UK number one single Crazy induced a mass sing-a-long among the crowd.

With the second day of the Coachella Festival getting underway in blistering sunshine, Giant Drag were forced to overcome a series of technical difficulties as they played early on the Outdoor Theatre Stage.

“Everything went wrong,” singer Annie Hardy told NME.COM. “So it was a bit tough, especially as it was the first ever festival we’ve ever done.”

Montreal’s The Dears then used their Mojave tent appearance to preview tracks from their forthcoming album ‘Gang Of Losers’, including possible next single ‘Bandwagoneers’ along with several other new songs in their set.


They were followed on the same stage by James Blunt, who packed out the tent with fans desperate to hear him play ‘You’re Beautiful’.

In addition Blunt also covered of Slade’s ‘Coz I Love You’, joking with his audience, “You won’t have heard this British rock song from the 70s before and by the end you won’t want to hear it again.” Blunt also played regular Pixies cover ’Where’s My Mind’.

There was more MOR at the festival from French outfit Phoenix who closed their set with their track ‘Too Young’ from Lost In Translation’s soundtrack.

British representation at the festival was then continued by The Magic Numbers who played the Main Stage under the searing afternoon sun, before Bloc Party enjoyed cooler evening conditions on the Outdoor Theatre Stage.

Including the likes of ‘Helicopter’ and ‘Banquet’ in their set, the band also played two new songs which they are currently working on for their second album.

“It seemed a bit empty last year when we played, but after Glastonbury we had to come back for the weather,” drummer Matt Tong joked with NME.COM, as the band enjoyed one of the day’s largest crowds so far.

The Coachella Festival continues now with Madonna set to make her festival debut in the Sahara dance tent, while Editors, Scissor Sister and headliners Tool are all also set to play.

For coverage straight from the festival site stay tuned to NME.COM.

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