Tuesday, 11 March 2008

Yeasayer @ The ICA London - Photos and Review

Last night we saw the Brooklyn based band Yeasayer playing at London's ICA. A sold out night in this cozy venue still meant being able to get up close to the band. In fact so close that I think my husband and I actually stole Yeasayer's seats when they were having photos taken! I haven't been to a gig at the ICA before and I was pleasantly surprised by the relaxed atmosphere, on the other hand the bar-owww! £8.90 for two drinks is not a good deal.

(Photo: Yeasayer lying on the floor outside the toilets of the ICA having their photo and their seats taken)

The evening was kicked off by supporting band Ipso Facto whose myspace page describes their music as melodramatic popular song/Psychedelic. Their bob cut hairstyles and fixed sullen look was a little dated and on first impressions didn't really inspire me but I did enjoy a few of their songs towards the end of their set, they seemed well rehearsed and all in all they gave a decent performance.

(Photo: Ipso Facto London ICA March 10th)

One thirty minute break later, enter Yeasayer on this their second sell out night at the ICA. If you don't know anything about Yeasayer, they describe themselves as "Enya with balls" which on times I'd have to agree with. I could go into a long winding spiel about who they might sound like but I'd say it's probably better if you just have a look at their myspace page and listen to a few of their songs and make your own mind up.
(Photo: Yeasayer's frontman Chris Keating @ The ICA, London March 10th)

The evening progressed with songs from their All Hour Cymbals album played with a huge amount of enthusiasm as they put all their energy into what I thought was a good performance. I say good not great on purpose because I've heard what these guys can do with melodies and how tight they are as a band right now (Check out the Take Away Videos) and I honestly felt that the sound engineering let them down last night. Sometimes I couldn't understand a word they were singing and I found it hard to make out the sounds and harmonies (which they do so well) so it just started to sound like you were getting half of a song. Saying that, it was still a very good night, highlights included the brilliantly executed 2080 and the instant crowd pleaser Sunrise.

I'm pleased to have finally got to see Yeasayer play. All Hour Cymbals is a refreshingly smart debut album and they have a good vibe which I'm hoping will take them far.

If you want to catch Yeasayer in London, they're back on May 12th playing at ULU. Here are some other dates:

11 Mar 2008 20:00 Melkweg Amsterdam
12 Mar 2008 22:00 La Zona Rosa Austin, Texas
13 Mar 2008 20:00 WE ARE FREE jam at Emo’s Lounge IV Austin, Texas
14 Mar 2008 16:00 Pitchfork Party at Emo’s Big Stage Austin, Texas
15 Mar 2008 18:00 Mess w/ Texas party at Waterloo Park Austin, Texas
10 May 2008 20:00 ATP vs Pitchfork at Camber Sands Camber Sands
12 May 2008 20:00 ULU London, London and South East
13 May 2008 20:00 Whelans Dublin
14 May 2008 20:00 Speakeasy Belfast, Northern Ireland
15 May 2008 20:00 Great Escape/ Uncut Brighton
16 May 2008 20:00 Great Escape/ Club NME Brighton

(Photo: Yeasayer March 10th ICA, London)

Yeasayer have also been in The Hub on BBC Radio 6. For the full show try here


Cookiemouse said...

It's been ages since I was at the ICA.

chalky said...

Nice venue, I'm going to get a year membership-there seems to be enough going on there.

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