Mystery Jets play new album ‘Curve Of The Earth’ in full at intimate London show

The gig took place at London's ICA and was attended by ticket winners

Mystery Jets previewed the entirety of their forthcoming fifth album ‘Curve Of The Earth’ at an intimate fan show last night (November 10).

The gig took place at London’s ICA venue, and was attended by 350 fans who had won tickets via the ticketing app Dice.

Taking to the stage at 8.45pm, the London quartet played the new album in order, from start to finish. Second track ‘Bombay Blue’, which began with frontman Blaine Harrison singing and playing acoustic guitar, had to be restarted midway through the first verse. “Let me start that again, I fucked up the lyrics,” said Harrison as he halted proceedings.

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Later, he addressed the crowd, explaining that the night was “weird” for the band. “We’ve been shut in a room for the last God knows how many years, trying to make a record,” he said. “I think it’s been three years? [The album hasn’t] really left our room so this feels weird. Good weird, though.” Only one song aired at the gig had been played live before – the searing, skittering ‘Blood Red Balloon’.

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On some songs, including ‘Midnight’s Mirror’ and ‘The End Up’, guitarist William Rees took over vocal duties. The band – completed by drummer Kapil Trivedi and newest member, bassist Jack Flanagan – were also joined by an extra backing musician.

“If we ever do anything like this again, it’ll be because of you,” Harrison told the “revved up” audience before swooping finale ‘The End Up’. As the song reached its final throes, Rees waved to the crowd, saying: “Thank you, you’ve been wonderful.”

‘Curve Of The Earth’ is due for release on January 22 via Caroline.

Mystery Jets played:

‘Telomere’
‘Bombay Blue’
‘Bubblegum’
‘Midnight’s Mirror’
‘1985’
‘Blood Red Balloon’
‘Taken By The Tide’
‘Saturnine’
‘The End Up’

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