Sunday, 26 October 2008

mystery jets @ astoria 23/10/08

photo: +++ponyrock+++

Mystery Jets were in triumphant mood on Thursday night at the Astoria, in their biggest headline show to date. A year to remember and cherish is the only way to describe their transformation from odd-ball prog poppers into a leaner, meaner outfit where the emphasis on pop has been thrust even further to the forefront. Resplendent in sparkly attire, they tore through material from Twenty One with verve and panache, casting aside any homecoming nerves to thrill the crowd assembled in the Astoria, the doors of which are set to close for the final time. Most of the adulation was reserved for the newer songs, Two Doors Down sending the audience into raptures.

It's easy to forget sometimes that Mystery Jets have the ability to leave you awestruck with their softer, less danceable numbers. As a treat for the London crowd, a string quartet appeared mid-set and Blaine serenaded the crowd with Umbrellahead, inspiring a joyous singalong despite the morbid, lyrical undertones. The band are heading out now on tour to show up The Kooks around Europe and the UK, before going down under over Christmas. Catch them if you can.

Mystery Jets - Umbrellahead (iTunes Session)

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