Tuesday, August 28, 2007

The Young Knives

Only one thing stops the Young Knives' "Weekends And Bleak Days (Hot Summer)" from being the most perfect moment of the entire weekend, and that's the fact that they are playing it in a tent. This isn't such a bad thing, as it means we all get to swelter nicely on a day so warm that even Henry and House Of Lords have discarded their trademark knitted tank tops, but no-one gets sunburnt as we are royally entertained by a set which is part new numbers, part old standards. After all, not many bands can boast a debut album containing four classic singles and even fewer would have the confidence to toss two of them off withing the first ten minutes. But "The Decision" and "Here Comes The Rumour Mill" (arguably their best track of all) are duly dispatched and this leaves us to enjoy new numbers such as "Terra Firma" and "Counters", all of which are of equally high standard. By the time we reach "She's Attracted To", everyone is hot, sweaty, dehydrated and exhilarated. You wouldn't want it any other way.


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