I’ve loved Whispertown for AGES. Thus, I had high expectations. It would have been easy for them to play and for me to be disappointed, but I wasn’t disappointed in the slightest. Out of the 205 bands I’ve seen this year, I enjoyed them tied 1st (it is actually impossible to displace Wildbirds & Peacedrums, so this is as high as anyone can go). Absolutely astounding, I loved their set and didn’t want it to end. Ever.
So before the show we had Nandos. This was predictable. For some reason I had a ridiculous thirst and drank 4 glasses of coke. Sugary energy, mmm. We got there at 7.30 which was the advertised door opening time. We sat on the floor and waited for an hour. My patience was declining. It was resurrected when Coeur De Pirate- Comme Des Enfants was played. Roy, the Platforms:Live guy, had good playlist-making ability. More on that later.
First up it was Lulu and the Lampshades. They are brilliant. It’s like Peggy Sue but a bit more bouncy, more poppy and sweet. I saw them a couple of months ago too, and they were also brilliant then. This gives them a record of being 100% brilliant. I would recommend catching them live.
In the change over I was in the middle of talking to Euan before his set when Wildbirds & Peacedrums came on the sound system (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!). I got very excitable indeed. Whispertown saw my excitability and asked who it was, I said ‘Wildbirds & Peacedrums… the best band EVER’. I say stuff like that without even thinking, I’m like walking advertisement for them. They also seem to invade reviews that aren’t even about them. Anyway, Casey said they’ve played a show with them before. I bet that was a ridiculously good show.
Then Euan and Sarah, Stars of Sunday League played their set. They had some technical troubles but it was still sweet. They have a forthcoming EP out soon.
The light for the first two bands was terrible, and after each set I asked the light/sound guy if he could perhaps make the light a little brighter. He said yes the first time but no the second, hah. But, in the end, he did make them so that they alternated between dark and light which was good for me. I appreciated it, kind lighting man. In the interlude they also played Alessi’s Asteroids Collide on the sound system. Bonus! That’s my favourite from her new record. I was starting to get really excitable and couldn’t wait for Whispertown to start.
They opened with 103. Morgan’s voice sounded brilliant, as did Vanessa’s. Casey has to be the most fun bassist I’ve seen all year. I can’t remember the order of the setlist, but I think it was Lock and Key next and then, RESTLESS! Restless. Oh, Restless. I’ve loved that song for a long time so it was wonderful to finally hear them play it live. They did Ebb and Flow, Erase The Lines, Pushing Oars, Old Times, a new song (which sounded brilliant) another new song called Time Will Welcome Anything. It was alot of fun to sing along to these songs which I love alot. I would have liked to hear more from their first record, but I appreciate those songs are really old now and I didn’t expect to hear anything from there besides Restless.
For their final song they invited anyone with cowbells, or anyone at all, to join them on stage for From The Start/Jamboree. I’m not much of a stage invasion type, and apparently neither were most of the audience. But! How can you resist?! One of the girls from Lulu and the Lampshades came on stage with her rattle box thing, a guy with a typewriter did, and then my friends Bobbles and Alicia, and I did too. Casey kept motioning for me to sing into the mic. I wouldn’t want to inflict that sound on anyone, but it was so much fun so it had to be done. I don’t want to sound ridiculously rave-y, but it was absolutely brilliant, superb. I wish more bands would be as brilliant as this. They all seemed so cheerful and happy to be playing, it was wonderful. I can only imagine how fun it must be seeing them in their hometown or somewhere where everyone sings and claps along. Nontheless, it was hugely fun and the atmosphere was nice, even if the audience were a little subdued.
After the song we left the stage and clapped and cheered for more. They picked up their instruments. One guy was requesting that they play Atlantis. Morgan was like ‘but we don’t have a piano’. I don’t often, or ever, yell out requests, but I asked for Through A Hole. It’s from their first album and I really did not expect to hear it. Casey was like ‘we can do Through A Hole‘, then after some fiddling Morgan strummed that first chord (C). YES! Success! They played it and it made me happier than they know. It was fun to sing and clap along after the ‘who’s that knocking….‘ parts. To close Morgan did a guitar version of Atlantis which I absolutely adored, and was super happy to hear, Atlantis is my favourite from Swim. It’s a beautiful, beautiful song.
After their set I entered that hyperactive mood where I can’t help but gush out praise. Tied best show of the year. I told Morgan, she was pleased and was super friendly. We had a look at what they had for sale, they have the limited edition Swim vinyl, only 200 copies. I can’t believe they still have any left. I gave the band the thumbs up (I can’t help it). I said thanks for Through A Hole and told them it reaffirmed my ‘whole life’. Hyperbole is my BFF after shows like this.
The show was pretty quiet really, not sold out. I don’t understand why, everyone who didn’t come missed out on a real treat. Absolutely brilliant band, listen to their records and I hope you get to love them as much as I do.