Review: Young Knives, O2 Academy

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Young Knives, O2 Academy

It is Rapture, apparently, so let’s all have a good time, Young Knives certainly want you to. Should the Four Horseman appear they will even offer free drinks, until then; enjoy the impish, Terra Firma. It’s a great start and with new album Ornaments from the Silver Arcade to promote, Vision In Rags employed their newfangled sound of disco beats and their typical jaunty, tight guitar. Always willing to showcase their past, Loughbourough Suicide even came with its own advice on tourist attractions, lamentable though it was. As a duo, the brothers Hartnall dovetail well with neither selfishly taking the lead and each offering cheeky banter between songs reminiscent of We Are Scientists.

Part Timer showcased their punk, ebullient past with sporadic refrains and yelping. Childish talk aside, I Love My Name proved they have matured with age judging by the involving riffs and imaginative key changes. Standing Start then demonstrated their never waning penchant for catchy choruses. With their audience shedding layers, Weekends and Bleak Days (Hot Summer) could not have been more apt had it been delivered with a pina colada.

With its infuriatingly simple beat, Turn Tail sent heads nodding as did latest single Human Again, both spiky in lyric and guitar. Again they opted to delve into their back catalogue with the cheeky She’s Attracted To. Rapture seemingly passed, upon their return for an encore they finally decided on the winsome Sister Frideswide and endearing The Decision to a room thankful for the good time they were promised.

Omar Soliman