The Invisible

The Cluny, Newcastle upon Tyne on Fri 12th Mar 2010

London 3 piece, The Invisible, have become hot property over the past 12 months following the release of their self-titled debut album in early 2009.

The album was an instant hit, and its genre combining style resulted in the album making the nominations list for the Mercury Music Prize, one of the most coveted in music.

Brought together by front man Dave Okumu, The Invisible originally began as a solo project, before Tom Herbert, of Polar Bear, and Leo Taylor, previously of Hot Chip, and the result of three working together has produced a fantastic album, and excellent live show, which they seem to really have spent a long time working on.

With the songs having been in circulation since 2006, and the album a year old, the band have spent time working on new adaptations in terms of the performance of the songs, and really gives a fresh stance to their set.

Playing the majority of their album, the band delivered an excellent set, with their singles 'Monsters Waltz' and in particular 'London Girl' really impressing, and standing out in an already impressive set list. London Girl is one of those records that can work well anywhere it seems, really transcending genres, mood and feeling, and every time I hear it I can only comment on what a great pop record it is.

Having also played shows with the likes of Foals and Hot Chip, and all three touring extensively with other musical projects, their no strangers to playing live, and this experience definitely comes across in their overall quality of performance.

Signed to Matthew Herbert's label, Accidental Records, the band produce the kind of music which combines the electronic sounds typical of the label and also jazz and funk sounds from Okumu's time spent on the London scene. A dominating, soulful voice, over the top of a stylized backing, and the vocals, especially live, are more than worth hearing.

They've been compared to likes of TV on the Radio, and more lazily, Bloc Party, but despite the comparisons, they're certainly a band capable of being recognized for what they've produced, rather that who they may sound like.

With the band heading over to America next week to play the music industry based South by South West festival, followed by an American tour, the band have a heavy schedule, before returning to the UK for summer festivals, and to finish writing new material.

Their touring will no doubt push them further into the limelight, and whilst all the press about the them has put them in good stead, it's clear that they're very down to earth, and simply concentrate on offering a good performance to those that have come down to show their support for them. See this band in smaller venues now, before they head off for bigger things on their new record.

article by: Anthony Hetherington

published: 17/03/2010 17:37


sorry, we currently have no gigs listed for this act.