A snotty reputation hasn’t stopped these Brooklyn-based Texans from becoming one of the most adored new indie rock bands around. Here there was no encore, they attacked their guitars as though trying to take them apart and see inside, they neglected to play their best song, Stoned and Starving, and their few words were largely taunts.
“London has a bad reputation for people not dancing around. Do you know what they say about you?” said Austin Brown. Then singer Andrew Savage sneered at a security guard who made a meal of neutralising a stage diver: “If you think you’re gonna get on stage, you’d better be more entertaining than us.”
And they were entertaining, barking and blazing through Sunbathing Animal, the punky title track of their new album, and relishing the sudden false endings of Borrowed Time. Into the Garden saw Brown play his guitar with his microphone but dragged on as though the band was struggling to fill time. That wasn’t down to a lack of songs, just that so many are so short.
They wrapped up at top speed once more, their take-us-or-leave-us attitude surely prompting most people to choose the former.