Bloc Party, RAT BOY & Nimmo Close Our Brand New Showcases In Epic Style
Retrograde-A performances all round...
Last night (27th January) we rounded off two incredible nights of live music with the second of our Brand New For 2016 showcases at London's Electric Ballroom, this time treating a lucky audience to raucous sets from two of this year's nominees Nimmo, RAT BOY and our special headline act Bloc Party.
Formerly an MTV Spanking New Music act (the old skool version of Brand New) Bloc Party, complete with brand new band members, returned to the fold treating us to a set of fresh new tunes from their forthcoming Hymns album and, of course, some of their tried-and-tested smashes.
Lulling us into a false sense of security, Kele and co opened their set with 'The Good News' but before we knew it the pace went full throttle as 'Mercury' and 'Banquet' caught us unawares. If you were down the front we hope you had something to towel yourselves with down after!
Earlier in the evening, electro five piece Nimmo kicked things off and seemed right at home on stage having a BLAST. With their tracks averaging at around 4:30 mins long, the tension in their sound built and built to euphoric climaxes, 'My Only Friend' being a highlight of their as-yet unreleased tunes.
'Dilute This' and 'UnYoung' also hit the spot in the live setting getting us really excited for what the future holds for these guys.
All eyes (at least before Bloc Party hit the stage) however were on RAT BOY and his fans, who from the moment opening track 'MOVE' dropped, the audience descended into moshing mayhem.
Oozing energy from the get go, the indie rapper - aka Jordan Cardy - ricocheted off the lights, walls, amps and his band mates and egged on his adorers below to do the same.
During 'WASTEMAN' he even clambered into the mosh pit, instantly swamped by his fans, who later returned the favour as two girls managed to sneak past security for a cheeky stage invasion!
It's clear his fans are much the star as he is but nonetheless, his music and stage presence are worthy of the accolades he's receiving. Bring on the album we say.
Again we want to say a huge thanks go to Emporio Armani Diamonds, to Bloc Party, Nimmo and RAT BOY, the Electric Ballroom for having us and Club MTV's R3WIRE for keeping us buzzing during the set changes.
You'll be able to watch highlights from all the performances next month on MTV Music.
Bloc Party, RAT BOY & Nimmo Send Brand New For 2016 Mental!
Voting for MTV Brand New For 2016 closes TOMORROW. To vote, check out our nominees and tweet #MTVBrandNew followed by the name of your chosen artist. Alternatively comment the same on this Facebook post or upload an Instagram pic with it in the comment.
Brand New For 2016 is presented by Emporio Armani Diamonds.
By Michael Pell