Nottingham has produced an array of cutting edge talent in recent years. From the comedy styling of Matthew Horne, the skillfully wrought experimentation of Late Of The Pier, to the melodic harmonies of Dog Is Dead. With such serge of creativity in a relatively short space of time, a drought in breakthrough acts, albeit only over a space of a year, can seem like a lifetime. Who could possibly fill such a void, especially when the beady eyes of pressure loom over, ever piercing?
Well, we may have found that next hot slice of pie in the shape of an impending band under the moniker of Infinity Hertz. Taking stage at the Rescue Rooms, host to many a hotly tipped act in the past, the four lads wasted no time in showcasing their newly acquired material. After months of arduous rehearsals, it’s time to see if the boys from Nott’s can contend with the aforementioned artists.
From the off, the band are striking. Now, this isn't an attempt of aesthetic flattery in any manner. Simply standing, waiting to kick off proceedings, they all held an en-captivating presence. The band is clearly close knit. They hold an ease with each other, which directly translates on stage. The only thing they appear to be nervous about are the audience. It is as if a tally of uninvited guests turned up, unannounced at their house whilst they rehearsed. This only added to the already un-sung aura.
Standing like an alternate Albert Hammond Jnr, front man James is entirely in his own territory. Immediately there is a resonance of the pixies, that undertone of soft punk with blissful melodic notes. There are backdrop vocals in a vein of Ian Curtis, only higher, happier, more positive. A conspicuous change half way through the first track shifts tempo, slightly more sporadic than before which directly correlates with the resonation of new age American bands such as 'No Age And Wavves' . A clever choice for their first song. If the audience weren't engaged, then this displacement would have certainly seized their attention.
Another impactful element were the drums. They appear to beat faster than they should, in comparison to the tempo of the melodies and vocals. You couldn't even say this was juxtaposed, but whatever it was, it worked. It certainly had people thinking, "Why hasn't anybody done that before?" Well, perhaps they have, but not as noticeable as these guys.
Not to compare until the cows come home, but there are definite reverberations of the strokes. Now, The Strokes have a stark quality, but Infinity Hertz fill the void The Strokes left behind. There is such an essence of melancholy running through their veins, that it seems innate in their everyday living. These boys seem to know exactly where they want to go and they are showing all the tell tale signs that they will get there. This makes you realise, a great band is not always about tight instrumentals or pinpoint vocals, but more about the communal artistic direction that they all agree on.
With such confidence in there own musical prowess after only their second live date for a considerable period, if they can keep it up, there is no reason these guys can't be making festival appearances in the new year.
Playing Spanky Van Dyke's in Nottingham October 25th, make sure to check them out while you still have a chance, trust us, they're blooming good!