Mystery Jets / Is Tropical - Nottingham Trent University - Gigs - Reviews - Soundblab

Mystery Jets / Is Tropical - Nottingham Trent University

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If there is one positive about gigs in student bars then it's how prompt the bands are. There is no bloated interval to stand through and as soon as you're through the door the first support act have already arrived on stage.

The Tribes are first up with some meaty indie songs. They've got melody and swagger but their presence on stage doesn't live up to the hard partying spoken of by The Mystery Jets on the internet. It might not have been helpful for them to only come on in front of a handful of eager audience members but they were the loudest and best of the two support acts.

After The Tribes leave, several synths are unveiled and Is Tropical take to the stage. The Klaxons and MGMT have a lot to answer for, as this band are just one of many relying on pre-recorded sounds and backings for songs. With a full drum kit in front of him the drummer decided to take more care with an electronic pad to simulate beats and sounds. The strobe lighting constantly blighted the view of the bands members but even when it let up the boys were wearing glam rock versions of surgical masks (not helpful when you have to sing it seems). With decent exposure on the student circuit you might hear more from these guys but it would be better to move past the techno-rave obsessed stage sooner rather than later to preserve our eyes and ears.

Mystery Jets are met by a now packed room of sweaty (and strangely dressed students). They roll out the hits but get the best reception for songs from sophomore album Twenty One such as 'Two Doors Down' and 'Behind the Bunhouse'. In truth, they are a fading light themselves; they are energetic and exude confidence larking around with one another, but the indie phase won't last forever. Their own excursions into synth backing tracks won't bring them any glory outside of student bars (where most are drunk and will dance to anything with a pulse) but maybe they're ok with that? The crowd is satisfied and those who only knew the indie anthem singles will have learned there is more to a band than these, but boy, what a rut student music is stuck in. Sometimes it feels like time has stood still, doesn't it? Bring on the progress.

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