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Live Review: Mystery Jets, Young Men Dead

27 September 2012 | 4:50 pm | Benny Doyle

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Young Men Dead. Get in while you can because these boys are going to be massive – it's that simple. If bands like Yeasayer and Friendly Fires can be crisscrossing the globe, there is no reason this humble local four-piece can't do the same. Their tropical indie electro spike is pounded into the ground by drummer Dean Foran. His strange drum set up – a bongo pushing the snare out wide – allows him to get continually tribal with his rhythms, while the force impacting on his floor tom can be felt in every part of the room.

Although the band are lined up next to each other at the front of the stage, David 'Beaver' Thomas makes his presence felt as the capturing centrepiece. His brown cardigan whips around as he sings, yelps, crows and does everything in his power to sound like a human menagerie, running his vocals through a range of effects to make them even wilder than they already are. New single Courageousonly drives home the revelation further – the sound of summer's been found.

The current sonics and themes of Mystery Jets channels a different environment entirely. Forget a palm tree-dotted island – the British lads are revelling in the dust bowls of Texas. Decked out in denim button-ups and tasselled leather, it's clear that this tour is all about Radlands, their musical homage to the American dream, and when they jump straight into big single from the record, Someone Purer, they are immersed in their bold alt-country ideals. A working five-piece now with the addition of multi-instrumentalist Kieran Morris, the band are sounding massive, with the extra member giving frontmen Blaine Harrison and William Rees a huge amount of freedom to get creative with their guitar licks. Both of their vocals sound magnificent tonight. Perched on a chair in the middle of the stage adjacent to a rig of keys and synths, Harrison is powerful through the pop epiphany Serotonin, and the rambling jangle of Greatest Hits, while Rees is all smiles throughout the set, letting loose on The Hale Bop, a track which would out scissor those Scissor Sisters playing across the river.

Older tracks like Dreaming of Another World and a handclap-heavy Young Love show off the indie troupe's ability to write a glistening pop gem, however, the soul of Sister Everett and the sprawling epic Lost In Austin are showstoppers, highlighting a band at the height of their powers. Visibly loving the response to the show, the band nail Two Doors Down during the encore, before Luminescence floats gloriously through the room, the track allowing the band to suitably ride off into the night.

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