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Hockey - Fibbers, York - 17th June (Live Review)

Saturday, 19 June 2010 Written by Adam Simpson
Hockey-Fibbers, York-17th June (Live Review)

Fibbers in York hosted American 4 piece Hockey on Thursday 17th June and they electrified the place. The group who play a blend of dance music meets indie had the whole venue dancing as they played there faultless set.

The sound is not unlike that of LCD Sound System, and then in a flash, the lead singer Benjamin Grubin brings out his harmonica and acoustic guitar as we are treated to some Bob Dylan style folk music, all with plenty of rock thrown in, the drumming was aggressive and high tempo and the bass, from their bare footed bass player, exceptional, as he roamed up and down the fret board, playing high tempo, warm bass. The guitar riffs were brilliant and metallic and the quality of the vocals, fantastic, delivering clever, catchy lyrics with amazing effect. There too was a feel of The Tin Tins, to their sound and the groups energy on stage, especially when the lead singer broke out the drum sticks and treated us to a barrage of drumming during a couple of the groups tracks.

Hockey are obviously a very clever group who merge a wide range of musical genres with great effect, every instrument was played very well and the use of sampling and keyboards was also faultless and furthered their credentials as a dance act.

The set was perfect, every track worked live and the audience loved it, they would be as effective playing in front of a night club dance floor as they are gigging on a stage. They are currently touring all over the UK and I wholeheartedly recommend seeing these guys live. They are fresh and exciting both visually and musically, there energetic, funky set and dance infused, melodic sound will have you hooked.

A very good gig, from a very good band. Stereoboard Rating. 9/10.

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