Nat: In all seriousness, Iâ€™ve just reached one of those rare extended moments in time where I can’t listen to anything else other than their Nights Out album. It’s so intricate, so well put together. But then it’s got all the immediacy live of the best bands I’ve ever seen. Maybe Metronomy are the kick up the arse that the masses need? We can only hope…
Caz: I love Metronomy-falsetto-bass player. The first song I heard from them was ‘Heartbreaker’, which is good, but when I saw them yesterday I realised that it’s not even their best song – not by far.
Nat: I could rabbit on about Metronomy for hours. For starters, on how they’ve given the industry hope that originality IS possible once more. I can’t really think of any way to describe them in terms of other artists from years gone by – apart from maybe Devo gone twee-electro? Tweetro? Oh, I dunno. They blow my mind. And anyone who disagrees lacks a heart.
Caz: Gang of Four surprised me. After what had been a strangely lacklustre day atmosphere-wise, they came onstage and brightened up my rainy day. So much energy, too!
Nat: They’ve influenced so much of the current round of ‘third album bands’ – the 2004 class. â€˜Damaged Goodsâ€™ was storming, and â€˜At Home Heâ€™s A Touristâ€™ and â€˜To Hell With Povertyâ€™ went down a treat too. Gotta say though, Jon King did look like he was having a fit throughout the setâ€¦ but whoâ€™s complaining? Not us. Ah, and then there was Slow Club – they were a delight, weren’t they? Playful and extremely cutesy, though doubts as to whether they could ever grow out of that size stageâ€¦
Caz: Yes. The percussion was excellent – it gave them a really unique and quirky edge, but I have to say I preferred their faster songs…
Nat: These are the good bits – how about that band I said were the worst I’d ever seen? What were they called, We Rock Like Girls Don’t? MY GOD. Who gave them a licence? It was like watching three of your crazy aunties having a bad dream on stage.
Caz: There were also a lot of ridiculously young bands on too, donning greasy fringes and small girls’ jeans. All credibility lost before I’ve even heard you, especially when your dad has to drive you onto the site because you’re not old enough to have a licence. When did I get so old?
Nat: And as for the Guitar Hero stage… was it like Spinal Tap in reverse? Oh what a parody. Alas, there were other things too â€“ like Hot Club de Paris, who even on an off day manage to make themselves stand out head and shoulders above the crowd. Still prefer the second album. It was a fun day all in all, maybe weâ€™ll go back next year? Just maybe.