It was with great trepidation I ventured to witness Kent’s Get Inuit at Dingwalls last night.
The fear and anger permeating London and other major cities across the country following the attacks earlier this week made what would you usually be a pleasurable experience a more melancholic one. Fortunately both Get Inuit and their sterling support Superglu reaffirmed my faith in live music and power of a people united.
I arrived just in time for Suffolk 4-some Superglu, darting past the eagle-eyed door lady to then to be promptly strip searched by a burly gentleman of middle years. I was greeted by a cacophony of sound, lead singer Ben Brown shouting at the top of his lungs with an untameable ferocity which veered dangerously between jubilance and manic hysteria. Fresh from their SXSW performances, Superglu exuded maturity and professionalism whilst remaining fun and relevant, diving in-between hard hitting bubble gum pop numbers like ‘Diving Bell’ to more soothing odes like ‘Dreams’.
I will be wholeheartedly honest and say Get Inuit had their work cut out to try and match the carnage of their main support and although they put on a good show they did not quite rise to the challenge. Weezer esque power pop ballads interspersed with heavy funk jams got the crowd of predominantly pre-pubescent teens riled to the point of public salivation.
Being “just another guitar band” doesn’t really cut it anymore. Although Get Inuit deliver concise and well written songs to adulating fans there is nothing that really grips a listener.
However, their command of the audience and their ability to create an atmosphere of safety and excitement is a testament to their skill as live performers.
Photos by Rory James
Words by Aaron Powell