Plastic Mermaids Chiverin Party Gig Review

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You have probably heard the name ‘Plastic Mermaids’ thrown around a lot lately, and having had two sell out nights at the quay arts earlier this year, airtime on Radio 1 courtesy of Rob Da Bank, and a somewhat mesmerising gig at the Isle of Wight festival’s Kashmir Café, it is definitely with good reason. This band have had a great 2014 so far so I was really excited to see them play their first headline gig in Bristol.

Bristol based blog Chiverin are expanding, and with plans to host a series of music events throughout 2014 they kicked things off with a night at the Louisiana.

First up were Gulls. Their tracks are filled with dreamy guitar riffs and Californian vibes. It was the perfect accompaniment to what had been a gloriously hot summers day in Bristol. Bristol based Tamu Massif then took to the stage. This band have had a lot of recognition recently, including having a mention in February’s NME and I was intrigued to hear them live. They mellowed out the crowd and performed a beautiful set, especially the beautiful melancholic ‘Azora’ which I have listened to a lot since. The video is well worth a watch too.

There was time for a quick cider break before bodies filtered in and filled the room with great anticipation of what was to come. Plastic Mermaids took to the stage and suddenly a somewhat raucous crowed were silenced by the growing energy soaring from the stage.

The crowd were witness to the gorgeous harmonies in ‘Echo Man’, the inevitable foot stamping that comes with ‘Dromtorp’ and the incredible atmospheric power that shines through in ‘Fire Hands Stumble Feet’. “That guy just loves playing!” I heard the guy next to me say in reference to a beaming Chris Newnham. It was then at that point it became apparent to me that it’s the excitement and sheer energy that makes this band just so great to watch.

Fellow Islander Rhain joined the band for their track ‘E Minor Adagio’ and stunned the audience with her quite simply outstanding Latin choral verse. The mesmerised audience hung on every note which unsurprisingly ensued a huge round of applause.

An notable face spotted in the crowd was that of Bristol based Big Jeff Johns. A somewhat hero of the Bristol music scene, It is local knowledge that if you see Bristol Jeff at a gig, you know that you’re at the right one. You can catch Plastic Mermaids at a number of dates this summer, including Postfest, Rhythmtree and Bestival which I strongly suggest you do. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

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