First show of 2012 is in the books, and I hope all gigs are like The Good Natured's set -- loud, fun, beat-laden and over early. Although, the UK band has played in New York for three years straight, including two CMJ appearances, tonight felt like a highly anticipated debut of sorts. People are more familiar with the band and their debut EP, Skeleton (out on Astralwerks).
Looking back when I saw them in 2010 at Littlefield, where they were on a line-up with two now-popular UK bands Frankie & The Heartstrings and Chapel Club, here's what I said, "I wouldn't mind seeing them again with some more shows under the bet. From the songs I've heard, Sarah has some groove and style to her songs. She fits neatly into the Bat for Lashes and Florence Welsh vibe with defiant vocals and strong beats."
I was correct. The three-piece have plenty of live shows to build up a presence since then and it has paid off. They were crazy exciting. Their tunes have a techno/synth EuroPop sound that would be right at home in a Berlin disco circa 1984. The beats are punchy and the bass in thumbing. It's the type of music that you feel cooler after you listen. "Be My Animal" and "Skeleton" are the songs you should be listening to now from the EP. "Dead on the Dancefloor" and "Lovers" will be the songs you'll be listening to when they release their debut album later this year. It's being finalized this month.
- Video Voyeur
- Be My Animal
- Your Body Is A Machine
- Dead on the Dancefloor
Let's get this name into your system, Sarah McIntosh. She's the lead singer and face of the band. That Sarah is good times on the stage, and even better off when she jumps off to saunter around the crowd. The gay guys were have a grand time dancing with her. She's a pistol that McIntosh -- joking on stage and check this, she smiles and says "thank you". The music is a tad on the dark side, but that won't stop her from her doing her thing. As you can see in the pictures, she hides her eyes underneath her big mop of hair, but once in a while, you can see a darken eye peering through to survey the crowd. She's got a good stage presence when she prances around on stage and sings to people in the crowd.
So let's put Sarah on my cool list for 2012. NME has theirs, why not mine. It won't be full of sell outs and flash in the pans. I'm sure the other two guys are fine folks, but Sarah Mac will be my prom date this year. She sings, plays guitar, drums, keyboards and wears velvet pants.