Live Review
Blue on Blue at Old Blue Last, Shoreditch
Blue On Blue
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Shoreditch
04/02/10

Photography by Elinor Jones

There is a flush of freshness about London three piece Blue on Blue; a newness that is only partially due to having played a handful of gigs. With the opening bass tolls of ‘Summer Daze’ the climate seems to alter slightly, Dee and Billy’s soft, childlike voices floating dreamily over austere guitar chimes reminiscent of Young Marble Giants, while Mark keeps pace on drums, adding texture to the mix of drowsy melody and clear, wide-eyed treble. The songs are stripped back and exposed, the lyrics reflective, painting a vignette of tarnished innocence. ‘Fallen’, a gentle splash of rainy day pop, is infused with a beautiful bass lull and Dee’s ethereal Mazzy Star-like vocals, melting into a soft haze of lithium reverb. However, when Billy takes his turn at the mic, he delivers a slice of ’90’s sweetness in the form of ‘Cinnamon Swirl’; bright and upbeat but washed with a slight patina of Smithsy sadness. They finish off their set with a simple, haunting cover of the Nancy & Lee duet, ‘Summer Wine’, adding a touch of melancholy to the song’s low-slung 1960’s vibe. This is an intriguing, evocative new band, still a bit wet behind the ears but in a way, that’s one of the greatest attractions of their sound.