Bop Social + AtterKoo

The Windmill

02/12/10

The snow had been chucking it down but the stoical Windmill wasn’t being stopped that easily. One act couldn’t make it but Bop Social and AtterKoo were still going ahead.
AtterKoo were up first.

After saying hello they began with a song that had a rock/pop sound at its core, with a tight melody layered on top. Made up of a drummer, bassist, guitarist and a massively expressive vocalist, the band seemed happy to be on stage and performing in front of what was, a relatively small snow-battered crowd.

Whilst their passion and ability to play decent songs was clear, their direct influences became very clear too. Britpop was massively audible in their music with the vocalist sounding like Jarvis Cocker in some tunes, Kings Of Leon, Radiohead and The Coral were also floating in between a lot of their music. This is fine and as we all know, good music inspires more good music, but I couldn’t help feeling that their sound had been done before. The formula’s been tried and tested.

On a more positive note, their fourth song Comeback, had a catchy bouncy beat and drew you in. It started with soft vocals and although the tempo didn’t speed up, the song had an organic sound beginning to end that holds your attention. Another good song came after this one was introduced as ‘being about idiots…we’ve all met them’(?) A heavy beat and complex arrangement kept you moving and the off beat added an extra twist.

AtterKoo play decent rock/pop with catchy moments but perhaps need to transform their influences into a familiar presence in their music, rather than a blatant reference. If they don’t, it could very much be a case of AtterWho?

Bop Social were next and it was clear that their type of guitar music had an extra helping of electro added in, with the keyboard up front. They launched into their first song and their sound offered something different. Moody hazy music backed strong vocals from lead vocalist Tom, and experimental arrangements topped it all off.

The next song, which I’m pretty sure is called Tired, got off to a cracking start. The keyboard and guitar started off then the rest of the bands joined in, creating again a plucky confident sound. The next song they played was called Exit Sign and was pretty gentle, highlighting the band’s range when compared to the energetic song that preceded it. It started with a good contrast between the soulful vocals and the echoey electric-sounding keyboards. It built slowly as the guitar, drums and bass joined in. Its simplicity worked and the whole song had an interesting ebb and flow.

The last song was Unfolds, which sounded a bit like a Muse song (especially when the vocalist hit the higher register). Another good one there. I enjoyed Bop Social, a tight band with a sharp sound.

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