Live review: Citizen @ The Dome, London (30/01/16)
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★★★★☆ There’s a good vibe in The Dome tonight. Young Londoners bustle about the bar, merrying away the stresses of the working week. Gaggles of eager teenagers mill around the merch tables, deliberating which new addition to make to their collection, while chatting away to the various band members who’ve popped out front. It feels welcoming, familiar. First up are Fade, an alt-rock outfit hailing from Birmingham and Leeds. The band gather a decent crowd with their turbulent riffs and hefty drums that blend to create a dense, weighty sound. Clean vocals feed moodily through thick, sludgy guitar chords and crooked melodies, reminiscent of the likes of The Smashing Pumpkins and early Silverchair. Opening with the kaleidoscopic ‘New Scream’, taken from their latest release Peripheral Vision, second act Turnover are warmly welcomed by a now almost full Dome. Evidently, Citizen aren’t the only band people are here to see tonight. And as mesmerising melodies shimmer above a driving beat, and light, wistful vocals sail effortlessly from the stage, it’s not hard to understand why. Turnover are enchanting. ‘Dizzy on the Comedown’ floats dreamily across the room as stage lights flicker and fade from red to a deep, pensive blue. Turnover write the kind of songs that you can lose yourself in entirely, and wake up somewhere else. The four-piece have a unique delicacy and grace that translates into a captivating live performance. It's as if the floor of The Dome has transformed into a soft white cloud, and you're watching Turnover drifting somewhere high up in the sky.
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