Photos of System Breakdown
Festival bookers take note. This was clearly a gig by a band who have played everywhere imaginable in the last couple of years and their hard slog in the muddiest of fields has paid off. Not to dwell on the similarities to Jape, but during Sounds of System Breakdown’s set at their album launch in The Village on Saturday, I kept remembering Richie’s afternoon set in the Red Bull tent at Oxegen last year. These guys could easily do a similar job this summer with an ability to please such a wide variety of audiences with their clever, powerful riffs and wry lyrics layered over unstoppably danceable beats. This weekend they belted through the songs from their self-titled debut album in a set that sounded impeccable and made me forget why I didn’t like the place as a venue. The packed house seemed to love it and with a free copy of the album included in their €8 admission, why wouldn’t they? Expect the album and the band to pop up more and more as the year goes on. More pictures below and on Flickr.