Following on from Marcus & Maddie’s excellent posts I’ll throw my hat into the ring. I’ve never been to Latitude and only really have Marcus’ thundering praise and the perennially stellar line-ups which pop up on my screen every now and then to go on. It’s something I’ve always wanted to go to, the logical blend of performative arts, be it music, comedy and poetry is always highly enticing and, although my choices here are musical, they are by no means the only things which you should check out – Dylan Moran, for example, is headlining the comedy tent! I’ve chosen a few bands, one from each stage, which I think will put on brilliant performances. Unfortunately I’ve only ever seen one live – can you guess which?
Junip – Your Life, Your Call
Somewhat overshadowed by a colourful mass of balls bouncing down a San Francisco street, Junip (a.k.a. that band what Jose Gonzales fronts) are back, with a new self-titled album and tour dates! This makes me very excited. After a pretty lengthy hiatus, they bounced back with Fields, and we’re all the better for it. I stumbled upon their cover of Bruce’s The Ghost Of Tom Joad a few years back, a song which totally compliments their style. Simple pitter-patter drumming, Jose’s very distinct flicking guitar rhythms overladen by warbling synthesizers, all building up to the ever important crescendo, that one dimension Gonzales could never really offer as a solo artist.
Check them out on the Obelisk Stage on Sunday afternoon.
Múm & Kylie – Whistle
Múm have steadily perfected their brand of Dream Pop over the last decade and a half, their music blending in perfectly with outsider’s perception of the ‘otherness’ of Icelandic culture and scenery. Computer stutters and pops stagger through the soaring sonic landscapes which they compose so well. Although they have flitted in and out of the eyes of the UK press and popular culture, mainly through the medium of geographical or wildlife soundtracks they have mesmerised audiences worldwide. This should be a very special show. Maybe even Kylie will make a surprise appearance. Kylie hologram anyone?
Best dash off to the 6 Music Stage straight after Junip to catch Múm, whoah boy. Sunday’s gonna be a good day!
Japandroids – The House That Heaven Built
To offset the above wistful, Grauniad-leaning, Scandi-pop bands, let’s have something loud, shouted and alcoholic. Japandroids? Now they’re are a band you’d wanna party with. Their no-fucks-given teleology mixed with simple instrumentation makes for a perfect shoutalong show, and they’ve got their live show down. I’ve never seen a band which creates such a jubilant moshpit. Boys, girls, brothers, sisters, Big Jeff, all yelling like hell to the heavens. There’s no bravado, no ego, just two friends nihilistically bashing the shit out of their instruments in the hope that their revelry will end the futility of life.
Japandroids will be reppin’ the Arena at some undisclosed time. Make sure you don’t miss them!
Dan Croll – Compliment Your Soul
Dan Croll may just be the industries new hype man. I know, I know, there are many – as always. Jake Bugg and Tom Odill are the big ‘young singer-songwriters’ who we are being dragged towards through MASSIVE PR escapades. These entrepreneurial exploits always make me sceptical. How much is it the artist creating music, and how much is it a label or artist agency marketing their product to the best market? Whatever the case, he has certainly had a helping hand managing his own presentation, just check out the Hurts-esque promo shots! Anyhow, there’s no need to be sceptical. He’s someone who I’d relish as the face of solo written indie-pop. His releases to date have been excellent, catchy, polyrhythmic pop songs, like a polished Jeremy Warmsley. Let Compliment Your Soul compliment your summer.
He’s playing on the Lake Stage with a whole host of excellent up and coming bands, who’ll make a brilliant accompaniment to the (definitely forecasted) sun.
So there you go, Scandi-pop and indie rock. What better way to slip and slide through summer.