Sunday, March 04, 2007

Switches at the Pressure Point

Switches - Pressure Point, Brighton

I expected the Pressure Point to be packed on Saturday night for the Switches gig. Recent single Drama Queen was a staple tune on 6Music and even my work colleague Debbie is a fan - and she's usually months behind me when it comes to music! (Sorry Debs, but you know I speak the truth!) I guess the fact that The Killers were in town meant that all the cool indie kids (and Debbie) had tickets to see them instead, which was a shame as it left an audience of around forty to defiantly check out a band that are surely destined for success. And whilst it must be a disheartening experience for the band, if they keep writing songs as catchy as these then they won't be playing venues of this size for very much longer.

Switches aren't doing anything radically new or different, their songs fall firmly into the same bracket as The Automatic or The Fratellis, but like those two bands they're full of hooks and energy - perfect three minute modern pop songs. As forthcoming album Heart Tuned To D.E.A.D. will testify, there's plenty more where Drama Queen came from, with new single Lay Down The Law leading the way, and at least two or three other tracks standing out as potential singles. Perhaps unsurprisingly under the circumstances it was a short, punchy set from the band, but I'm sure we'll be hearing more from them again as 2007 continues.

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