Colourful Newcastle synth pop 5 piece get the punters dancing at London venue Cargo. Andy Tillett has more.
Shields play bouncy electro pop, which they force into being indie at the same time. This is best exemplified by the array of instruments they bring to the stage, with five members straddling three guitars, two keyboards, laptop, drums, bass, even a conga drum (a big long bongo type thing), and â as everybody knows – anybody that packs a conga is obviously ready for a party!
The group have a very modern, clean cut indie dance sound â which comes across well on the Cargo sound system – which they top off with the kind of lush, effortless harmonies those from the north do so well. On âMezzanineâ they even manage to sneak some slap bass in without it ever getting cheesy.
Tracks âSilhouetteâ and âMiserlyâ from the forthcoming âKaleidoscopeâ EP come across great, and had the band taken to the stage after 9pm rather than before (and maybe in a city other than London), Iâm sure they would have had a few more people dancing to their top notch cover of SBTRKTâs âPharaohsâ, a truly inspired move. The fact Shieldsâ own material stands up so well against such a tune shows real promise.
If there is one criticism, itâs that theyâre better when they err on the side of dance over indie rock thing, but thatâs no biggie. Letâs hope theyâre headlining venues this size soon.
All words by Andy Tillett.