Review: This Many Boyfriends // Live at Leeds 2012
Musical misdirection annoys even the most patient of us. There may be hype surrounding bands; telling us who is worth a listen and who isn’t, yet genre choice is what gives us an immediate impression of a band. Leeds’ very own, This Many Boyfriends stick insipidly to thatgenre, you know, ‘indie-pop’, and yet, for once, they couldn’t deliver more of what we want from a new and exciting indie-pop band. Live atLeeds may not have provided the band with the largest and liveliest of gig-goers, but on taking to the more than intimate stage at The Faversham, This Many Boyfriends remained somewhat in the grip of excitement throughout the set. They appear grateful, a welcome relief and a sight putting smiles upon the most tired of faces.
It’s understandable where comparisons to greats such as The Smiths stem from as frontman Richard’s voice rings with Morrisey-esque nonchalance. This Many Boyfriends really perfect the indie anthem and though they may not see the popularity they deserve in its entirety, there’s no escaping the stomping sing-along melodies of songs such as ‘Young Lovers Go Pop!’ and ‘Starling’, which prove popular with the crowd.
This Many Boyfriends are a real example of the joy of the indie genre. Showing pop music doesn’t always have to carry an association of embarrassment and regret, the room dances along, gleefully appreciating the simplicity and smiles of good music. Others take note.
words: Charlotte Stones