Luxe basement is a small, dimly lit cool hangout, packed back to front with all kinds of people. At the back of the room the unbelievably small stage littered with pedal boards, amps and guitars left us wondering how the hell the band were going to fit on.
It wasn’t long before Foreign Office arrived on stage, promoting their single ‘On Repeat’ and their monthly club night ‘Quiet Life‘. The band look as though they could be playing a high school prom or that band you see in the background of some dead eyed girls Super Sweet Sixteen. But looks can be deceiving their art-pop soul is quite refreshing and up beat, the crowd loved it.
Guitarist George Hume develops some very interesting sounds with his effects and guitar licks, jazzy chords and funky rhythms, he can really play his instrument. From the off the band play with an up beat tempo created by drummer James Woodley. The confidence Foreign Office have in themselves is admirable, they clearly enjoy what they do. Singer and bassist Paul Cousins continues to belt out his songs with an awkward confidence that makes you take note.
After a surprising short time it seems, the band play their second to last song, On Repeat a brilliant pop song before going into a cover of a Roxy Music‘s ‘Trash‘. Although Foreign Office play well they are in danger of blending into mediocrity. With that said Foreign Office are still a band you should check out, they are fun band to watch and you can’t knock the pop sensibilities of On Repeat.
After a refreshment at the bar, headline act Rocketnumbernine appear on stage. The instrumental duo of a Drummer and Keyboardist is not the most traditional set up, but by god they create one hell of a noise. Wrapping together the best bits of Death From Above, We Are Wolves and MSTRKRFT we like them a lot! Brothers Ben and Tom make music that is dark and broody, it is infectious and loud. The drumming is fantastically good, using jazz techniques that are often improvised and played in varied styles. Together Rocketnumbernine are great; a noise you want to listen to more and more, we can’t helping thinking with a vocalist on stage they could be so much more but this isn’t their intention. They have been one of the better bands we have seen in a long, long time.