REVIEW - Hot Horizons/Native And The Wanted, Forum

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A FREE entry gig brings much hyped Hot Horizons hot footing it from Leicester. Formed by siblings Jake and Rory McCarthy, since delivering debut single October in, well, October, their profile has risen sharply, not least with releasing via Late Of Pier maestro Sam Eastgate’s Zarcorp Inc label.

The local element here was provided by Native And The Wanted, a vehicle for the classically trained, prodigious talent that is Joe Rose. In eight years of writing and performing he has produced some exquisite songs.

His music was in the national spotlight recently when family friend, Wallace and Gromit creator Nick Park, selected Joe’s Plain Song as one of his Desert Island Discs, here opening the evening.

The venue was packed, some maybe drawn by the publicity, but very few left without becoming fans of young Mr Rose, ably assisted by elder sibling Jack. Their rendition of No Way and Till I’m Dust were exhilarating.

Hot Horizons, whose live formation is boosted to a quintet, call themselves a ‘pop band’ but bring their own off kilter sound; synth driven soundbites on which their poetic lyrics fit well, though this doesn’t match the visual image. They’re a very awkward looking outfit, but close your eyes and you hear why they have caught public imagination.

Spoken goes down particularly well with the depleted crowd and closer October emphasizes what exceptional wordsmiths the brothers are.

There isn’t much doubt who the audience think the shining star is tonight, however: step forward Joe Rose, an exceptional talent.

Sean Bruce