Review: NME Awards Tour
PUBLISHED: 14:16 18 February 2012
The NME Awards Tour has gained a reputation over the years for boosting the careers of many bands who have gone on to bigger and better things - the Arctic Monkeys, Florence and the Machine and Kaiser Chiefs to name but a few.
But which of the bands on this year’s bill is most likely to follow in their illustrious footsteps?
Camden scenesters Tribes certainly have the image, with lead singer Johnny Lloyd looking every bit the lovechild of Pete Doherty and Razorlight’s Johnny Borrell. Thankfully his impressive live vocal talents are more comparable to the latter and with anthemic sing-alongs such as Sappho and We Were Children in their armoury, Tribes seem tailor-made for bigger venues than the UEA.
Some of their songs are slow-burners though and as the pace dropped in the middle of their set, the predominately youthful audience were perhaps hoping for something a bit livelier. I’m sure they will have won a few new fans though ahead of their headline show at Norwich Arts Centre in April.
The atmosphere lifted a notch as electro band Metronomy took to the stage and their blend of jazzy eccentricity, bass-driven grooves and cool pop nous was a much more entertaining proposition live than recorded. By the time the pulsing bass of The Bay kicked in, the crowd were collectively bouncing.
Sometimes a little too experimental for their own good, Metronomy are at their best when delivering the killer choruses of tracks like Heartbreaker and A Thing For Me. They’ve certainly got the tunes and the talent to take things to the next level.
Judging by the frenzied reaction to headliners Two Door Cinema Club, the Northern Irish indie popsters are already at that next level.
Their set doesn’t contain a great deal of light and shade, but with so many soaring choruses and melodic guitar lines up their sleeves who needs variety? The adrenaline-fuelled opening double salvo of Cigarettes In The Theatre and Undercover Martyn had everyone in the venue moving, and although the mood dropped a fraction for some of the new material, which seemed to lack their trademark repetitive hooks, tunes such as Something Good Can Work and I Can Talk kept the impressive energy level up until a much deserved encore.
It was Two Door Cinema Club’s first time in Norwich and they made it clear they’d had a memorable night. The feeling amongst the crowd was mutual.