Despite having to deal with the odd technical issues the super talented North Tyneside foursome Street Party in Soho delivered a great 7 song set in support to Humanism at the 02 Academy. All their songs are nicely layered and the clever use of a sampler adds the listening experience of the infectious Afro-pop sound. Kyoto, Honey, Shake, New Song, Ben, Now or Never are all songs that could be enjoyed by any radio audience. Ending with 17, an instantly catchy pop tune and shows great song writing maturity.
Humanism headlined with an impressively professional polished performance at the Academy. Andi, sporting now shorter hair, has a fantastic unique voice and is the consummate performer and looks right at home on stage and performing. Whitley Bay’s finest have a distinctive ambient/rock groove, a combination of wistful synth and rhythmic guitar with a hint of rock and driving percussion.
Straight into the thumping White Lies even this track has great melodic synth breaks which seems a corner stone to all their well-crafted songs. The tracks sound larger than the sum of the parts you see on stage due to the incredible samples and string parts used, indeed, the intros were particularly impressive and faultless.
The majority of the setlist was from their second album Porcelain Soul, the title track of which has a splendid mix of gentle verses and bright build ups to the chorus sections, just to prove Humanism take incredible care in constructing their songs.
Poor Tom the drummer had to constantly put up with the smoke machine blowing annoyingly into his face but laughed it off. They announced an upcoming acoustic set in August which should prove to be very interesting and worthwhile to see.
From the sophisticated Up in Smoke to the dreamy and elegant Reset, it was over all too briefly due to the venue’s curfew with no time for an encore sadly. But I for one can’t wait to catch this talented outfit again. The future can only be bright for Andi, Pip, Tom and Jack. Well done for putting on a great show.
Up in Smoke
Show Me the Way