By Lee Hammond
December 05, 2013
This evening sees what should be Dutch Uncles’ swansong, capping off an amazing year that began with them releasing their third and arguably best album yet, Out Of Touch In The Wild, which was soon followed by sold out headline tours across the UK and in support fellow Mancunians Everything Everything. Tonight sees them bringing a completely different element to the table by means of the Out Of Touch In The Wild Light Orchestra.
There is, however, the small matter of tonight’s support band Outfit. As we lounge around on the comfy sofas at the back of the venue, their sweet ’80s pop sounds fill our ears. With a sound akin to that of Hot Chip and Dutch Uncles themselves, Outfit’s songs are well crafted and have a great pop sensibility about them, a rather fitting precursor to the headline act. Give their debut album Performance a listen to discover one of the year’s gems.
The band, make their way to the stage as Walter Murphy’s ‘A Fifth Of Beethoven’ rings out through the venue, seemingly rather apt as the band and their orchestra quickly settle in. Having heard these songs so many times, it’s instantly so refreshing hearing ‘X-O’ and ‘Fester’ complimented by the orchestra, adding to the atmosphere whilst creating a greater depth and adding more texture.
The addition of crowd favourite ‘Steadycam’ adds to the overarching joy of the evening, though the band seem disappointed when the orchestra leaves them for a small amount of time in the middle of the set. However, they quickly make up for it with ‘Cadenza’ and ‘Bellio’. Seemingly in high spirits throughout this evening despite this being the first night of the tour, they’re tight and everything sounds amazing.