I thought it right to do an individual blogs on my two, great discoveries at last weeks The Great Escape (2016 dates and tickets already on sale). Starting with Al Bairre whom, if you read my Saturday review you'd already know, blew me away at Komedia Studio Bar...
The Cape Town quintet produced one of the best, funnest, most chaotic live show I've seen in some time. The band's constant energy and enthusiasm propelled itself around the room and by mid-set the entire audience was theirs, girls at the front were jumping around and everyone had a big smile on their face. The closest band I've seen to replicating that sense of enjoyment recently is Hinds and I've read from someone else that was there an Alphabeat comparison which I'd agree with too (I saw Alphabeat at The Great Escape twice back in 2008!).
Heading to their soundcloud and "Bungalow" is their most recent single and it sums up the joyous, frenetic mix perfectly, awash with catchy tropical guitar rhythms and propulsive drums which bounce between the vocal interplay of the band's lead vocalist Nicholas Preen and twins Tessa Johnson and Julia Johnson backing harmonies, the happy-go lucky chorus will soon have you singing along in agreement as well as tapping your toes. Too much fun.
Because you'll definitely want more, I've also included "We Move On". I can remember it from the show, the break sections saw the band sway on stage and it was awesome. Al Bairre are awesome. The band have now returned to South Africa. Let's all club in and bring them back soon please.