Diagonal People headline The Vic on Friday

Our Friday headliners for The Victoria first troubled our ears whilst they were teenagers still at school. The precocious multi-instrumental talent that existed within the core members even aged 15 was astonishing. However, since they all surpassed the age of consent and could gig proper venues they have truly exploded onto the circuit, their schizophrenic sound incorporating pretty much every genre known to man, but in an impossibly cohesive way. It veers between Rhythm and Blues, Jazz, New Wave, Shoegaze, Dreampop, Prog, Psych and Post-almost-anything-since-1967, a remarkable feat when you consider the bands tender years. Huge respect to the curators of their musical education, for it has been hugely worthwhile. Epic is a word that gets too often misappropriated, but when used about this band it is accurate in several ways – they are epic in scale and scope, epic in perception and actuality, producing futurist pieces of work with roots firmly of yesteryear, delivering a message from the here and now heavily accented by the past. Add the crazy on stage costumes, visuals and performance and you get a genuine sensory overload. Diagonal People are a band with a vision, a band with a message, a band not afraid to experiment, to push boundaries and see what happens. The modern music industry needs shaking up, and we rather feel this shaking will be done by some Diagonal People.

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