Day 2 of Willowman festival, I’m feeling sluggish, spaced out and (here comes the start of many conundrums) spitting feathers. No abundance of energy drinks, fizzy sweeties and copious amounts of coffee could trick my body into thinking it hadn’t been raving it up the morning after the night before. A hair of the dog hadn’t worked either.
Enter B<E<A<K. As they blasted onto the stage a blaze of colours, instruments, and slightly scary (in the Ronald McDonald when you were a kid kind of way) bird masks, my eyes were given one hell of a workout as they darted from creature to creature each ferociously attacking their instrument like a scene from THAT Alfred Hitchcock movie. But I have to insert here, in a great and impossible to stand still to manner.
They themselves are a talented gaggle of souls, and are ‘hatched from a musical nest in Sunderland back in 2005 as an experimental side project. The flock features members of Field Music, Razmatazz Lorry Excitement, Maximo Park, Coal Train & The Lake Poets, to name just a handful.’ Or should you say ‘wingful’ fellas?..
Their energy is contagious, their music is exhilarating, and the air of mystery and intrigue they create concealing their identities marks the crowd is whipped up into a feathered frenzy. And, gasp, their music is lyric less! Well, at least for now anyways.
I’m told that visuals usually accompany B<E<A<K’s sets, my curiosity with this mob continues. I’m still not sure what I witnessed, but I am sure I want to witness it again. Thank you Barry Hyde (The Futureheads/Hyde and Beast) for the heads up. My one complaint? It was all over too quickly. I suppose there’s a perfectly reasonable explanation for this…
Time flies when you’re having fun.
Check out the next issue of Hotpress as I uncover the men behind the masks with an interview with two members from B<E<A<K
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