The first night of their new European tour was at Primavera Sound
It might be unusual for a band approaching their fourth album to still feel like a work in progress, but then again The Internet are a fairly unusual band: at first glance a slinky RnB act, their set tonight (the band’s debut on Spanish soil) reaches beyond that genre’s standard tropes into Herbie Hancock fusion jazz, sleek Daft Punk robot funk and, most evident here in the surroundings of Primavera’s brutalist concrete schoolyard, the well-thumbed hip-hop live show playbook, featuring on-stage requests for “hands in the air” and plenty of audience call and response.
Despite the accomplished breadth of their sound, though, the band are still clearly finding their feet as a live prospect: four of them amble onstage to much applause but little urgency, spending the first two minutes doodling individually on their instruments before singer Syd bounds on and grabs the spotlight. Even then, for all Syd’s charisma, there remains a rawness to the opening songs during which the band, clearly affected by technical problems on stage, play within themselves, nervous and slightly faltering. Syd battles gamely on nonetheless, and the crowd – particularly youthful, female and non-white by Primavera standards – seem unfazed.