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Live Review: Fenech Soler @ Heaven, London (01/03/2017)

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The past year can’t have been easy for Fenech-Soler. With two of the band's founders exiting, they’re now a musical duo made up of brothers Ross and Ben Duffy. But any doubts about the band’s future were quashed by the groups headline show at Heaven in London.

Fresh from releasing their third album Zilla, the tropical synth-poppers brought sunshine and electricity to a rainy evening in March.

As soon as they bounded on stage, the crowd of fans new and old were captivated. The evening was very much a family affair, with the Duffy brother’s cousin joining them on drums and a childhood friend on bass, and the comradery that comes with years of history was evident between the quartet. The band seemed more relaxed than ever, and their stress-free enthusiasm was infectious. 

Blitzing through new material and old favourites, Fenech-Soler delighted the audience. Although at times there were slight squawks in the vocals, that didn’t matter. The crowd were charmed by the invigorating vibrancy, and slight vocal hiccups weren’t noticed.

Highlights came in the form of the jangly ‘On Top’, with its disco riffs and sparkling synthesisers, and a stellar cover of Janet Jackson’s ‘Control’ complete with cowbell, as well as the anthemic new single ‘Conversation’. The slower offerings did fall a little flat, but the band always dragged it back with yet another effervescent slice of electro-pop. 

The band seemed genuinely humbled to be chanted back for an encore, thanking the audience for their on-going support, and in a blink of an eye the sparkling light show faded to black and the band were gone.

After the past few years the band could have called it quits and nobody would have blamed them, but this gig showed why they made the right decision to prevail.

The live environment is where Fenech-Soler’s glittering music shines the brightest, and their show at Heaven left the audience in no doubt that they’re a band here to stay.

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