Between the 13th – 15th of October, Manchester plays host to the annual In the City festival. This year, it’s relocating to the Northern Quarter, and looks set to play host to the most exciting line-up in years, giving both the industry professionals and the normal gig goers a chance to get involved with it’s unique mix of exciting concerts and engaging keynote speakers. Wristbands are currently priced at £29, which gets you access to some of the best shows the city will see this year. If you’re not quite sure who to see yet, here’s some help:
To the few hundred people who managed to see Is Tropical at last year’s In The City, it definitely felt as if they were experiencing a breakthrough – and that sentiment was only amplified to the scores of people that they related the performance to afterwards. the following twelve months haven’t quite been the meteoric rise that some may have predicted, but that’s hardly served to dampen the excitement around the trio.
But boom and bust would hardly be the style of a band who often take to the stage with their faces covered, playing against a background of video projections. Their sound is indecisive – a unique blend of pop sensibilities and cut-throat sonic experiments, which means their songs deviate from catchy to boundary breaking within the space of a chord change. It’s this breathless approach that runs throughout everything the band do that has made them one of the most hotly tipped acts in the country, and the possibilities that lay ahead of them are frightening.
It’s not hard to imagine the band being grouped in with the non-existant nu-rave crowd if they’d have been around a couple of year ago, purely as a result of the band’s undoubted ability to make a synth based track that could easily get a room of underaged drunks dancing. But that speaks more of the print media’s desperation at the time to craft a scene around Klaxons more than anything else – there’s much more to their noise than that, and the sheer variety in the few tracks they’ve released show their horizons are as broad as they’re ready to make them. With a bit more polish, they could easily be one of the best bands on Radio 1’s daytime play list. Then again, with the right producer they could be one of the biggest cult acts in the country. With their debut album due out next year, In The City could easily give a glimpse of their future – and whatever that is, it’s bound to be exciting.
Is Tropical – The Greeks [download from pigeon playlist 2]