Say Psych: Live Review: Déjà Vega, The Castle Hotel, Manchester 16.02.2019

Déjà Vega are a band much loved here at BSM, and their rising is being closely followed. It was with absolute joy that we saw this show sell out a while ago and one that was well deserved. The trio are rapidly becoming a band who need no introduction thanks to increasing airplay on BBC Introducing of late, that and their reputation for explosive live shows that see crowds jumping and cheering with glee.

They open with ‘Mr Powder’, a pacey track that has become a fan favourite due to its racing riffs and hefty beats that are underpinned by a pounding bass line. This is followed by a new track, which the setlist reliably informs me is called ‘No Shalom’, it’s the exact type of track you’d expect from the band and despite its newness the crowd are still dancing along enthusiastically. Recent single ‘Eyes of Steel’ is largely responsible for their radio play of late, which comes as no surprise given its catchy countenance and simple composition that hits all the right spots. ‘Chasing’ is the latest single and offers forth a funky, disco groove, rolling bass line and motoric beat that are some damn catchy there literally isn’t a still body in the room. It stands out from the rest of their tracks as it’s a little different but its easy to see why it’s so popular. We then have a quintet of new tracks which showcase how far the band have come and how productive they are as musicians. Whilst no one can say this band don’t right good tracks, these showcase a variety of their own musical interests as well as their musical interest. People, myself included, cannot wait to get to know these tracks better. The ever captivating ‘The Test’ takes hold to conclude the set and with strobe lighting and a bounding crowd, its energy permeates the space.

Old faithful ‘Pentagrams’ becomes part of the hotly demanded encore and is a welcome appearance in the set for those who have followed the band. Tonight, everyone in here knows they have witnessed something special, and those who weren’t know they’ve missed a treat. As the crowd make their way out for some much needed fresh air, I note that It’s always a sign off a good gig when the walls in The Castle are literally sweating…

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