The support band was originally intended to be dance-punk trio Chew Lips; i have no idea what happened to them, but in their place were Colours, a band i'd never heard of before and still can't find anything about on the internet. From what I can remember, they played music much like what i'd expect from Chew Lips had they been playing - loud and aggressive indie/dance/punk music which clipped the speakers and took over the room. The vocals were barely audible and they managed to get a few members of the crowd dancing down at the front. What can i say, they weren't brilliant - but they banged out some solid and cheery tunes which were totally countered by the next band to grace the stage.
The Invisible were quite obviously what the bulk of the crowd really came to see; with a fairly slow-starting set on a low-cut stage they proceeded with their ecletic blend of post-rock, dance and colourless shoegaze for 90 incredibly tight minutes, forming without doubt one of the most inspiring live sets i've seen in a long time. I find them to fit in perfectly with everything that the Mercury Prize is supposed to stand for, even if in reality the Prize has lost sight in recent times (come on, Elbow?). They manage to make dark and inspiring music which doesn't seem to adhere to any 'band formula' but still falls comfortably within their own sound. As dark as their music gets, there's always a parallel track somewhere else in their discography that counters it with almost poppy guitars, all the time retaining the classically hazed out vocals Dave has mastered so well. The live set gave The Invisible the opportunity to really jam with their current material and really showcase the new stuff. This effortless ability to get such an intense sound out of their songs and make it look that easy really showed up what incredible musicians make up this London based trio. They couldn't have been more professional about the whole thing, there were countless faces in the crowd (including myself) that were more in awe than anything else - i definitely got a lot more than what i expected from a band i really didn't know that much about before. On top of all of this, after chatting to them all after, they are not only great musicians, but really nice guys as well - i bought a signed CD off them after the set and in future won't hesitate to both see them again and buy their new record.
The Invisible - Monster's Waltz (MP3)
The Invisible - Passion (MP3)
buy the debut album by The Invisible (Import) on Amazon.com