When I watched these 3 meek Brit-hipsters open for The School of Seven Bells at Southstreet Seaport in 2009, I never imagined they’d make it as far as they have. They were awkward, shy, and had zero stage presence. But there was something incredibly unique about their sound that I remembered and there was a huge buzz about them everywhere in Britain.
Their debut album ‘x’, released a few months later, made it on my top ten list for 2009. The buzz continued stateside. I personally heard Jay-Z listening to them in a souped-up convertible jeep. Crystalized, I believe.
When I decided to see them at the United Palace Theater on October 2, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I knew they’d sound great but would they deliver in terms of stage presence? In my opinion, they did and it seemed that the crowd of approximately 3,500 at the old and beautiful mostly agreed. It seems that winning the 2010 Barclay Mercury Prize increased their confidence as well.
It seems that this show marked the end of their U.S. tour and also the first time that all the members were all of 21 years old!
I’m looking forward to see what this band turns out next.