Future Get Down @ Sneaky Pete's, 28 Jan
“That was bangin’! Better than most club nights I’ve been to,” a random punter remarks, as The Skinny's hearing and eyesight slowly return after Future Get Down finish their set tonight at Sneaky Pete’s. Not bad for their first ever show, right?
Future Get Down are an Edinburgh-based electronic outfit fronted by Oliver Kass alongside long-time collaborator, and Homework bandmate, Ally Dennis, with a revolving cast of other contributors. For their debut, they come as a five-piece including drums, keys, laptop, synths and vocals.
Although FGD aren’t headlining tonight’s Independent Venue Week show, it’s clear that a high percentage of those in attendance are here to get their first glimpse, and there's a definite whiff of excitement in the air. As the room darkens and the hum of synths set the scene we fight our way through the crowd, not quite realising that our senses are about to be assaulted (in a good way). FGD quickly create a wall of sound; it's LOUD, dark, synth-fuelled dance music that is not for the faint of heart.
Taking centre stage is Kass, dressed in an outfit that's half futuristic spaceman, half bee keeper, flanked by his band and an in-your-face smoke and light show enabling the audience to catch only occasional flashes of the band throughout the onslaught. Did we mention it was dark? As FGD tear through their set, complete with pounding synth-lines, perfectly balanced drum rhythms, chant-tastic vocals in a thick Scottish timbre from Kass, and 808 claps, everyone is on board and it’s hard to keep still as songs, for the most part, segue neatly into one another.
It should be noted at this point that it’s nigh-on impossible to talk about FGD without citing another three-letter dance outfit – LCD Soundsystem. It’s so obvious James Murphy & co are a massive influence – everything tonight has a very raw feel to it that instantly invokes LCD's self-titled debut. It should also be said that this debut was not without its technical difficulties. During a 30 minute or so set the five-piece encountered audible feedback from their kit plus some vocal mic problems, and even managed to throw an entire synth off its stand during their final song.
But somehow, this didn’t detract from FGD's performance, which is an amazing feat for a band fresh off the starting blocks. They simply weren't fazed by it, and neither were the rest of us – roll on gig number two.