Roadhouse, Manchester, Feb 8
For a while, it’s hard to tell if we’ve got a band or DJs in front of us. For a start, we can barely see the stage through the dancing masses throwing shapes resembling the chaotic fumbling of those irritating Skins ads, and which started from the first bar of opening track ‘Black Gloves’. Second, drummer Bert Libeert strikes impeccably mechanical beats from his regular wooden kit, singer Mickael Karkousse sounds digitally perfect, and the best of their songs have excruciatingly long breakdowns (the extra-long ‘Everybody’ really kicks off).
This is perfectly reproduced dance music, à la Soulwax live – evidently Belgium’s third speciality after chocolate and beer.