With Halloween the night before, it seemed like most of Hyde Park was feeling pretty fragile throughout Thursday. We were treated, however, to a wholesome evening of good company and sweet sounds as Her’s packed out Brudenell’s Community Room for the penultimate night of their UK tour, mitigating the last leg of any hangovers.
Tour support band Honey Moon serve up some delish soft rock with plenty of jangly guitar parts and hip wiggling. With slinky instrumentation, dreamy harmonies and crooning in an impressive falsetto, the five-piece achieve a pleasant, languid sound with doo-wop elements. Their set is short but sweet, featuring a woozy, wound-down cover of the Cardigan’s 1996 hit, ‘Lovefool’, for good measure.
As a two-piece with just a guitar, bass and a drum machine, Her’s are markedly smaller than the other bands on the evening’s lineup. Any shortage in number, however, is compensated for by their fierce and unabating energy; in fact, the empty stage space only serves as a more accommodating dancefloor. Plenty of boogying, prancing around – to replace and tune a bass mid-song at one point – and general goofiness ensues, making it clear that these boys do not take themselves too seriously.
Drifting from self-dubbed “sexy, smooth and sensual” numbers like stand-out track, ‘Cool With You’, to their more weird, upbeat material, Her’s keep their audience on their toes, singing and laughing along with unwavering devotion. They exude the energy of two friends jamming together, which I suppose is what they are: the pair formed just two years ago at university.
Their silliness calls to mind Mac Demarco, as does the wiggly riffs and yodel-like wails, but this doesn’t detract from their performance – they are certainly not boring. The night does not dwindle to a close, but ends on a high with fun, jittery hit ‘Speed Racer’, leaving us all sweaty and merry.
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