with BLAENAVON + IM TAKT + HEARTBEAT PARADE (EXIT:LX SESSION) + NO METAL IN THIS BATTLE + CALVITIE SOUNDSYSTEM (DJ set)
Discovered in 2010, IM TAKT released a first single the year after, and the blogosphere went nuts. Here it was: the new French wave! Metronomy was among the first bands to embrace them, and so IM TAKT opened several of their shows in 2012. Japan booked them for 12 shows, and the big European festivals showed interest, too. What makes the band stand out from other entities that play only instrumental dance driven rock, is their ability to keep the pace and the groove all while enjoying melodic curves. Which makes for the ultimate party momentum.
They’re still teenagers, but spark the maturity of a band that’s at least three albums deep in its career. BLAENAVON hail from Hampshire where they spent two years crafting their sound before sharing it with the world. What they do, is brit-pop at its finest, unadulterated, unwashed sincere feelings laid on a bed of whirling guitars. Next big thing or not, BLAENAVON get the merits of not playing it safe while remaining cool: no software or laptops to hide behind, instead tightly wound, instantly accessible alt-pop that soars in all the right places.
Mathrock, hardcore and metal is combined with samples full of spoken word. No singing, but rhythm and guitar riffs that tumble over each other in songs that explode with energy. The threesome from Luxembourg, HEARTBEAT PARADE is ever so happy to not have a singer. This way the attention of the audience isn’t diverted to a single person and besides they’re not attached to that nasty verse chorus structure. So far the band has only released their music independently. In Feburary 2013, they dropped “Hora de los hornos”, an album in which they’re involved from A to Z. They’re perfectionists, the three gentlemen from HEARTBEAT PARADE and luckily that can be heard.”
NO METAL IN THIS BATTLE is an afro-post punk quartet from Luxembourg. They released “The Husky Tape” as an appetizer in 2012, but with a line-up change in the last months, they are exploring new musical directions… including piano, delay guitars, baritone fuzzes and african rhythms. Source: www.rotondes.lu