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Takedown Festival 2014: IDIOM

Takedown Festival 2014: IDIOM

For those of you that haven’t heard of IDIOM, they are a band based out of Exeter in England’s South West. Over the past 9 years, they’ve shared stages with DevilDriver, 36 Crazyfists, Skindred and Bring Me the Horizon at a variety of festivals such as Download, and Bloodstock. However, I’m here to talk about their performance at Takedown Festival.

One of the best characteristics about IDIOM as they were on stage is their ability to blend singing and screaming into a harmonic and melodic bundle. There are many artists on the circuit now who try to merge melody-filled singing and harsh screaming, although few pull it off.

IDIOM sound as though they could be an old-school rock band, an image that is undoubtedly fueled by their long hair, and spinal curvatures due to spending most of their days head banging hunched over their ‘axes’.  There were many instances where I felt as though the vocalist Matt Sharland was shouting the lyrics aggressively as to disguise the fact he was not singing them. Interestingly, this didn’t do them a disservice and fortunately, it suited the playing style of the rest of the band, and was delivered with the crass sound from the early punk movement.

IDIOMWhen we take a look at heavy rock music, there doesn’t always seem to be a concrete structure, opposed to what you would find in pop music with very definite verse, chorus and middle eight sections, and oftentimes rock music gives the impression that everything is happening at once and this can blind-side you. Surprisingly, IDIOM manage to pull this off and all the musical scribblings in your mind start to make a little more sense than you would have thought considering the shambled approach to structuring a song. It is clear to see why they had earned their place on the ‘UPRAWR’ stage, a step up from their stage last time they place the Takedown Festival and why so many of the crowd were singing and clapping along to their songs.

Conclusively, IDIOM were a pleasure to watch because of the energy they put into the delivery of each song, if nothing else. Take a look at the video below to get an idea of what I mean.

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