Splashh - Festival No.6 review
'Crunching grunge revival pop'
Chris Eustace - 16 September 2012
There's no harm in a bit of positive thinking, but as Splashh's singer/guitarist Toto Vivian takes to the i stage wearing sunglasses despite the overcast weather, it doesn't take long for reality to hit. "It's a bit...cold" he says before he starts up the chiming (and perhaps inappropriately titled?) 'Lost Your Cool', with an early afternoon crowd murmuring in agreement.
With last weekend's heatwave well and truly done with, perhaps it's time for more layers than just the Sonic Youth t-shirt Vivian sports today, but it's a decent clue as to which era their record collections centres on, with 'All I Wanna Do' a spiky bit of crunching grunge revival pop. They bring with them the same sense of slacker fun that Wavves and Yuck specialise in, with Vivian’s drawl also bringing to mind Noughties forgotten men The Vines and even a bit of pre-voice-being-shot Liam G, although with the track having been out as a single for a bit we can safely say that they're messing with us when they tell us "we wrote it specially for Festival No.6."
The band close with an urgent, organ-assisted 'Need It', and if they've got some more like that, you can bank on them being around to complain about the weather on UK festival stages next summer too.
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