Now Wave’s All Dayer II – Live Review – The White Hotel

Sweat opened up the night with a set that was almost euphoric. From start to finish they had the crowd involved getting them moving to every song no matter the pace or tone. The first two songs in their set created an ambiance that followed through to the end of the last track Be Complete. With an almost shoegaze feel, the band moved the audience with a powerful performance and instrumentation, especially during what was the best track of their set Acid Rainbow. [7]

Kelly Lee Owens followed and with her hauntingly beautiful voice the entirety of the room seemed to echo through to the end of her set. Her effortless ability to shift through notes and key changes complimented the accompanying use of electronic instrumentation that lined her entire set. Overall, she presented a set which was very juxtaposing to the rest of the bands, but it made her stand out from the crowd especially when she played her fourth track of the night 1 of 3 [7]

Philadelphia based Japanese Breakfast were one of the two highlights of the evening. Presenting what was the tightest set of the night, Michelle Zauner and the rest of her band never missed a beat with the crowd. Japanese Breakfast never had a dull moment where a track didn’t land in the way they had clearly intended.

Starting off with Heft, the crowd instantly got in to the set and stayed intrigued all the way through to Jane Cum, easily their best track of the night, and even on to the end of Machinist. From instrumentation to vocals, this set was flawless. [9]

Let’s Eat Grandma are a duo from Norwich who had been on Jules Holland on the 18th. They produced a magical set with their own brand of Psychedelic Sludge Pop. From the start of Deep Six Textbook it was clear this set was going to be one to watch, as the multi-instrumentalists glided through a short set of five tracks. Through the set the two harmonized with perfection and despite minor slip ups the two kept the audience moving and engaged with songs like Rapunzel and Sink. [8]

Pumarosa rounded off the evening with a very shoe-gazed set. The band from London created quite a powerful atmosphere with their set and pulled the crowds attention quickly with Dragonfly. Isabel’s vocals were one of the main selling points to their set alongside their clever instrumentation, especially during the track Honey.

Pumarosa continued to create a powerful performance and connect with the crowd during songs like The Witch and Red, until their set reached its climax during Priestess. Overall the band created the second best set of the entire evening which allowed the event to simmer down to what it was, an evening focused on the music. [9]