Mystery Jets - Komedia, Bath
are an ever-changing but consistently strong feature on the indie landscape, their 10 year career being one of experimentation but persistent success. The band - originally the project of a boy, his friend and his dad - have worked in genres not often lumped into one career, from their early prog-rock days, to cheery indie anthems, to their most recent 'space rock' album Curve of the Earth. This ambitious record, released January this year, marked the end of a four year hiatus and sees the group take on a fairly unexplored sound with their slightly switched up line-up after the loss of bassist, Kai Fish. A short UK tour followed the album release before a long festival run with headline slots at indie festivals like Dot to Dot and Truck, the band organising this Autumn tour as a consolation for the end of festival season, giving fans the opportunity to see them in smaller venues.
There's a lot of focus on openers The Big Moon, a promising new girl band who get the crowd moving with their buoyant stage energy and collection of punky tunes evocative of Elastica and Warpaint, their single 'Cupid' being particularly memorable with a catchy chorus that guarantees you'll check them out when you get home. At half past 9 Mystery Jets finally walk on-stage to the ambient sound of new hit 'Telomere', the audience instantly launching themselves into a roaring rendition alongside lead singer Blaine Harrison, whose exquisite vocal work still manages to shine through. The band are unusual in both their sound and set-up but classic in their shabby indie appearance: mops of shaggy hair accompany baggy clothing and, the relatively new addition to the band, bassist Jack Flanagan even goes barefoot.
This year the band's sets have mainly featured tracks from the new album, meaning much of the night is low-tempo, 'Bombay Blues' and album closer 'The End Up' are particularly moving works that still the spirited crowd. However the group still make room for the old upbeat favourites with 2008 album Twenty One boasting an array of indie classics such as 'Young Love' and 'Two Doors Down' - Harrison always beginning these hits by making a comment about "the noughties", triggering instant mosh pits. These sing-a-long staples allow the group to try out three new songs from their brand new EP, The Whole Earth, continuing the style of the recent album with one, 'Candle', taking an especially slow acoustic route.
This show is the final of the Mystery Jets tour, but with new songs still being released we can hope they aren't about to disappear into another hiatus.