Review: Empire of the Sun
Emma LeeDancing swordfish, capes, head-dresses, shiny catsuits…Empire of the Sun's performance on the main stage last night might just have eclipsed the Pet Shop Boys from last year in terms of theatricality - and madness.Emma Lee
Empire of the Sun
Dancing swordfish, capes, head-dresses, shiny catsuits…Empire of the Sun's performance on the main stage last night might just have eclipsed the Pet Shop Boys from last year in terms of theatricality - and madness.
A collaboration between Australian musicians Luke Steele (of the Sleepy Jackson) and Nick Littlemore (from Pnau), they started recording in 2007 - and the resulting album, Walking on a Dream, went top 10 in their home country when it was released.
A comparison to US duo MGMT was perhaps inevitable - their music is similarly electro pop-py and they too do like a nice cape.
Now Luke is touring alone while Nick works on other projects.
- 1 Four vehicles, including lorry, involved in 'serious crash' on A1067
- 2 'Torrid time' as insurance giant Marsh quits city centre
- 3 Motorcyclist in 30s dies in three-vehicle crash on A146
- 4 Man dies after getting into difficulties in UEA Sportspark pool
- 5 First look at the new Scandi-style homes coming to a Breckland village
- 6 Family pub and restaurant opens outdoor pool to cold water swimmers
- 7 'It is really sad': End of an era as popular pub landlords call time
- 8 Serial beggar jailed for 12 weeks after breaching Criminal Behaviour Order
- 9 Schools in Norfolk face classroom closures due to coronavirus
- 10 Tribute paid to much-loved dad who died in cycling accident
And what a show it was - I thought I'd somehow accidentally walked in to a psychedelic space disco.
Luke's sartorial ensemble involved a head-dress so tall that someone had to be employed to remove and replace it every time he swapped guitars.
There were pulsating disco beats, costume changes, the aforementioned marine life and, as Luke informed the, his backing dancers were 'space girls from the future'.
Yes, even time travel is possible at Latitude.