It’s a little bit the case of playing one-of-these-things-is-not-like-the-others tonight at Woodland.
Jacinta Walker’s Keep On Dancin’s (that errant apostrophe is no typo) and Nikko vie for most maudlin act with equally gloomy aesthetics. Keep on Dancin’s embrace dark, shifting surf tones that smoulder rather than shimmer while Nikko’s approach pitches percussion, guitar and violin into a series of despairing crescendos of sound.
Nikko probably edges the contest — taking honours with an affecting reinvention of the PJ Harvey classic Horses In My Dreams and a “shredfest” conclusion to The Warm Side that leaves nothing in the tank.
The odd bird in the middle of these two acts is Carsick Cars. There’s nothing gloomy about this Chinese three-piece. It’s simply frenetic guitar pop with a strong drumbeat and infectious riffs that’s concerned with nothing except having a lot of fun. Read more