I spent most of my Saturday afternoon walking around the festival looking for a decent cup of tea. I found one at around noon, so in my triumph I looked around for a place to enjoy this quiet British pleasure. I sat in front of the main stage to see what was going on, as I sat I was completely taken aback by what I heard.
The Dedicated Nothing were the band on the stage kicking off the music for the day. I hadn’t heard of the band before, but I made sure that I stayed to the end of their set. In fact, I loved what I heard so much, buying their debut EP Running Away was one of the first things I did once I’d come home.
The band, formed in 2010, are an interesting four-piece to say the least, it’s members: Greg, Clément, Matt and Franck claim Biarritz, Barcelona and London as their hometown respectively. It’s not very often you get such diverse nationality in a band, and it adds real intrigue to the band.
They can be best described as playing indie music, although in this day and age that’s not such a specific label. One thing you can say about the Dedicated Nothing is that they offer some fast-past, energetic songs that can be danced to, the perfect recipe for a music festival. If I had to choose they sound like a mix of The Kooks and a less northern Arctic Monkeys. They played with such energy that it was easy to forget that they were the first band on for the day and I certainly made the most of the experience. It was just unfortunate that I didn’t make it to the main stage in time to catch the whole set, but from what I heard it was enjoyable, though would have been better suited to a slot in the evening when more people would have been around.
So again, I’ve said lots of nice things about this band, so the question is, what’s not to like?
There are one or two things about the band’s four-track EP that hold a few flaws. At times, there isn’t much diversity in the music and it walks along the razor-thin boundary of typical and generic indie music that wouldn’t go amiss somewhere in the background of a party. For me, their song Love Me Girls is a great song, perfect for a dance with a few of your friends and a few cans of your finest, but when there are three other songs on the EP that sound similar, there is still a lot of room for development and growth as a band.
Check out their song Love Me Girls, and if you have the time listen to Running Away, Here We Are and Ain’t Got No Words to see if you agree.