To mark the release of Splashh’s debut album, Comfort, the boys embarked on a quick UK tour following a hectic summer schedule around Europe and recent trips to America and Australia.
The part Australian, New Zealand and English band formed only last year, and arrived in London with their psychedelic grunge rock sound, turning many major music heads (from NME to the Guardian and BBC R6). The boys have quickly risen through the indie music scene, befriending bands such as Swim Deep and Spector on their tours. Their latest album was deemed only are ‘introduction’ to their sound, as put by Toto in a recent interview with The Edge.
Green Door Store almost encapsulates the very image that Splashh put across. Effortlessly cool and lazily chic, the venue reminded me of a pre-refurbished Joiners, with all the money being put into keeping the place looking just dirty enough to seem grungy, without actually breaking any health and safety laws.
As an almost unheard of band, Shy Nature thoroughly impressed with an accessible indie pop sound that was easy listening and a great way to start off the night. Their set was filled with energy and ‘jangly sixties songwriting’. The band is definitely one to watch, and will hopefully be supporting many more bands in the future.
Charlie Boyer & The Voyeurs brought a new sound to the concert as second support act. The psychedelic rock band are similar to the likes of Toy and Temples, providing a darker sound and channeling ‘mid-70s NYC art-punk’. Having just released their debut album, big things may be on the horizon for this band.
Splashh finally emerged onstage, to the delight of the suprisingly varied audience, kicking off their set with ‘Washed Up’. The concert passed in a blur, living up to their self stated ‘fuzzy wuzzy’ sound. The use of visuals in the background made the concert an even more overwhelming experience. The band is about escapism and summer highs, something they more than deliver on despite the coming winter months.
Overall, the band delivered an awesome night, showcasing not only their talent, but also the laid back passion for the music they play. Definitely a band to keep an eye on in the coming years