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Emanuel & The Fear Live
Drum Mode Live
Emanuel and the Fear
Emanuel & The Fear are an 11 strong Brooklyn outfit who, besides the obvious obstacles of playing small stages and the logistics of touring, work very very well together.
With their musical style impacted as much by band leader Emanuel Ayvas’ eclectic range of musical influences as it is a result of his trusted cohorts time spent with artists as diverse as The National, Surfjan Stevens, Zao and From Autumn to Ashes, Emanuel & The Fear combine complex composition with a penchant for melodic pop to create extravagant and climatic electro/orchestral arrangements which ebb and flow around honest and poetic lyrics. Imagine Godspeed You! Black Emperor playing the jaunty piano pop of Ben Folds Five, or Arcade Fire letting loose on a set of They Might Be Giants songs.
Gaining critical acclaim from the likes of Flavorpill, NME, Fearless Music, RCRD LBL, The L Magazine, and Deli Magazine to name a few. Emanuel and the Fear is one band that will be hard to keep your eyes and ears away from.
‘somewhere between Bright Eyes at their most layered, Elliott Smith at his most experimental, and a less wacky Polyphonic Spree’ – All Music
‘When you look up the word ‘eclecticism’ on Wikipedia, there should be a direct link to this collective out of Brooklyn. Hard riffs, strings, Balkan Pop backgrounds, Surfjan Stevens melodies, funk grooves and Jethro-Tull-style flutes’ – Rolling Stone
‘Enough orchestral synthesis to make ELO blush’ – The Guardian
Evryone are a three-piece experimental pop band whose songs stretch glossy, glamorous style over melodic piano and stomp their way through a wonderland of well-crafted popness. The lead vocals vacillate between spiky and impetuous and velvety soft and they confidently lead the songs through their myriad twists and well-executed turns. If you like your pop to bang and crash but blow you a kiss at the end of it all then pucker up because Evryone are the band for you.
Previously known as Yelps, Drum Mode’s all-over-the-shop-pop is as intriguing as it is inspiring. Rumbling bass, rambling vocals, rasping drums and razor’s edge guitar licks elegantly clatter into each other like a drunken Bridget Bardot in a bric-a-brac shop, and that’s a really good thing.
Entry: £7 adv