Calling in for a sold out show at EBGBs Getintothis’ Sinéad Nunes enjoys a promising support, but is let down by a brand of one-dimensional guitar pop.
Stepping in last minute to cover this gig, I discovered something rare: a new band that I absolutely do not like.
Usually, at festivals and gigs where there’s more than two bands playing, the thing that sticks in your mind the most is that new act you just have to save to your playlist or follow on Spotify when you get home.
In 2014, NME boldly stated “the pursuit of fun defines Superfood“. That doesn’t overtly offend me, and nor does their happy, cheesy, crowd-pleasing vibe. But where’s the sincerity? Where’s the pain? Where’s the originality?
It’s fine to write bouncy, happy music, but that music can have meaning and emotion too (think The Smiths, Passion Pit) and the one-dimensional tone of Superfood’s set and newest album Bambino left me craving depth and honesty.
Lennie Dies, however, the Liverpool-based trio support act, who have barely been playing together for six months, were a sweet remedy. Heavy, authentic, and displaying influences from a variety of genres from fast-paced metal drums, to grungey guitar chords and melodic vocal harmonies.
The band stole the show, and unquestionably got me (if not the 16+ crowd filling the rest of EBGBs basement) in the mood for more of that energy, rage and passion in the headline act.
And even the band’s name, Lennie Dies – a spoiler for anyone who’s never read John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men – feels a bit more thoughtful, a bit more authentic than Superfood’s watertight, palatable brand image.