Zulu Winter are everywhere right now, with their off-kilter pop hit ‘We Should Be Swimming’ being piped out in shops and sound tracking ‘life moments’ in reality dramas across the country. This is their first headline tour, marking the release of debut album ‘Language’ this week.
Stuttering drums on ‘Key to My Heart’ make for a faltering start as the young crowd seem mostly pre-occupied with singer Will Daunt’s model good looks. Often compared to Foals, their precision pop delivery is more akin to a Roxy Music era Bryan Ferry fronting Friendly Fires.
Their catchy pop hooks are edging them towards radio prime-time but they dispense with the hits quickly, as failing to hide their discomfort as they shuffle determinedly around the stage.
The siren call of ‘Lets Move Back To Front’ sparks some attention, its piercing swoon and razor sharp percussion setting blank faces alight, while ‘Silver Tongue’ is the perfect piercing love song wrapped in a sharp hipster package.
Zulu Winter has the potential to be an anthemic festival band, carrying the crowd along in their heart-rending scope, tonight they just lacked the connection to make it happen.