The karaoke classic faded and the two-piece wasted no time, kicking into their first track ‘What We Leave Behind’- a generous serving of quality electro-pop.
Despite only getting started (under this moniker at least) in 2016, their hearts clearly belong in the 80s. Their thumping tracks – like ‘Playing It Cool’ with its big beats and tasty synth riffs – as well as their choice of outfits. A frontman complete with a leather jacket, gloves and sunglasses, and a keys player rocking serious Debbie Harry vibes, signal a real love of the decade’s style and music.
From a brilliant cover of the Pet Shop Boys’ ‘Heart’, to the Giorgio Moroder sounds of their original tracks like ‘Gelato’ – the pair had no trouble getting the audience into it right from the off. Their last song ‘Dollars & Cents’ was Funky Town meets Electric Six, powerful vocals and drum machine beats bringing a solid set to an end.
Not to be outdone on the entrance music, A Flock Of Seagulls sauntered on-stage to Eurythmics classic ‘Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)’. Frontman Mike Score, the only OG member, may not have his signature haircut anymore, but the rest of the band made up for it, with a commitment to New Romantic styles you couldn’t help but admire.
After their punchy opener, ‘Modern Love Is Automatic’, the bassist, Pando, seemed set to introduce the band before pausing at “We are…” to which they were greeted by a whipped-up crowd yelling “…A Flock Of Seagulls!”. I’ve never seen a band get the crowd to introduce them before and was pleasantly surprised that it didn’t come across as conceited.
From there it was down to business, ‘Hearts on Fire’ impressed with its soaring keyboard intro and soft rock stylings elevated by great vocals from Score. This was swiftly followed by ‘Rainfall’, a synth-led track with a clean guitar riff base, building into a true 80s alternative ballad.