Brighton The Great Escape festival
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The Homesick are the Dutch three-piece that have long been embraced by Louder Than War with several raving live reviews and new band missives. BUT the gig tonight is so perfect and so stunning that we simply have to send them your way all over again.
With a perfect soupcon of styles that hint at the compressed psychedelia of early Wire – that deceptively stripped down and yet complex brilliance of the post-punk kings added to the otherworldy sense of Syd Barrett before the LSD frazzled his brilliant mind and the glorious wonk of the early Happy Mondays or the warped weird folk of very early James or the north west coast psych of the Bunnymen/Teardrop axis – the Homesick, though, are very much making their own muse.
The aforementioned bands are mere markers – there is a thrilling originality here and a keen sense of psych melody in their sound added to the sprightly energy of the band whose tight, economical and yet enthralling playing adds to the songs.
The bass lines are superb – running spider like around the songs or switching to choppy rhythm – the kind of melodic runs of driving post-punk lead bass pioneered by a youthful JJ Burnell but turned into a keep science by a generation of bands. The drummer plays tight crisp drum rolls driven beats – very Dutch in his machine-like clanking rhythm that is perfect dance floor shenanigan whilst the guitar player switches from clipped rhythm to a trippy wig out that provides the base for the twin vocal attack.
The Homesick are part of a vibrant Dutch underound that includes even longer term LTW faves Rats on Rafts and new outfit Charlie and the Lesbians – bands that operate on their own creative terms but conversely are heading for a big break out into the real world.
You know when you are watching a band in command of their own music, with a set of songs that are crammed with ideas and genius and you just KNOW!
The Homesick are busy making friends.
On the quiet, they are also turning into one of the most potent brews out there – back from a full European tour and with new added tightness the band are ready to break out beyond the whispered about brilliance and wild nods of music fanatics and into the real world. They have the songs, the down at home normality mixed with brilliant imagination and wonderful tripped out genius and cocksure confidence of youth.
The Homesick are on their way.