Let's drop any pretence. I have been friends with Zak Thomas, frontman of Isaac's Aircraft, since the age of 7, when pocket money, football and Top of the Pops were far more important than student debts, relationships and the state of the British music scene. Over a decade later and this friendship could lead to accusations of this review being a shameless plug for a mate's band, a brazen attempt at a bit of internet publicity.
To be honest it is, but bear with me.
Isaac's Aircraft possess a musical versatility and social awareness that allows me to not only extol their virtues to their face but to honestly commend them to others.
Having spent many a night following friend's bands in the dank and
dark of the Man on the Moon a trip to Leeds evoked images of something
a bit more glamorous.
After some joyfully puerile crowd banter (haha- pianist sounds like penis), a firmly tongue-in-cheek cover of Katy Perry's 'Hot and Cold' was performed with a vigour maintained into old favourite 'Early Train'. Following 'Nothing to Relate', a song of alienation and isolation, the energy and level dropped some what for two less developed new offerings. However, they came on strong to end, finishing with future single 'Friends and Foes', a track combining a catchy keyboard opening with a cracking guitar solo to end.