Tonight’s show is opened by locals Suplex the Kid and their ambient indie, followed by the one man band that is Miaoux Miaoux, but these are just warm up for the main act, the musical experimentation that is BEAK> .
The band is a side project led by Geoff Barrow of Portishead fame, who uses BEAK> to create sound in a different way to that of the former trip-hop frontrunners. This makes tonight show not only fantastic but also like a lesson in music appreciation. Combining the regular equipment with distorted effects the band create a unique sound and style that really connects with this Tut’s crowd.
After a minor technical difficulty and the misplacement of Matt, whose double keyboard and guitar combination are needed to start the opener, the band take to the stage in a most relaxed manner. However, the music soon takes over and the opening track’s eerie, atmospheric feel fills the already packed out room and drawing rapturous attention from the audience. The second track picks up the pace, its upbeat bass line getting the crowd nodding along although the echoing vocals keep that mysterious edge that makes BEAK>’s music wonderfully different from your average band.
The next few songs give the listener a mixture of beautiful, melancholy sounds combined with a powerful bass and a drum beat that would get even the least musical tapping their feet, and by the penultimate song energetic dancing broke out in the front row. It’s hard to believe that BEAK> came up with their album in twelve days, as every song has something different that keeps the crowd entwined with the music. Even in the lapses between songs few people move from their spots, with many standing on benches to catch a good view of the group. The band’s final song starts off slow and steady but builds power until the whole room are moving in unison to the beat, and then continues to grow. The passion behind the music is evident in its delivery and the crowd’s enthusiastic cheering and applause demonstrates their appreciation.
BEAK>’s refreshingly different approach to making music has impressed many and tonight just continued to improve their standing. Their chilled out performance and their distinctive sound make them a fascinating band to see and really encourage the fans to think about the concept of modern music.
Words: Katherine Haig
Pics: Bart Photography