It’s a dark Monday night as we walk into the HMV Institute to watch Mystery Jets' Birmingham date. Despite the cold, fans are queued up outside the venue, braced and ready for the night ahead.
2012 has been a busy year for the Mystery Jets, what with playing the main stage at Reading and Leeds and releasing their fifth studio album ‘Radlands’. However, it’s not all been fun and games for the band, what with their bassist Kai Fish announcing his departure in April. But this hasn’t dampened their spirits, they're more on form than they’ve ever been and the night ahead won’t be easily forgotten.
Swim Deep kick off tonight’s show as the band’s support. Being local to Birmingham, many of their fans have come down tonight. It’s not hard to spot them as they dance to the melodies. Swim Deep put on a good show and are a brilliant choice to warm the crowd up for the main event. As the band finish their set it’s clear that they’re one to watch within the next few months. The Birmingham music scene has really taken off in the past year and these guys are in the perfect position to ride with it.
As the purple stage lights rise, Mystery Jets start their set with the astounding single ‘Someone Purer'. This is what the crowd have been waiting for and they go wild. Tonight the show is filled with a mixture of tunes from the old and new albums, including songs such as ‘The Hale Bop’, ‘Greatest Hits’ and ‘Flash a Hungry Smile’ and the audience are absolutely loving the band's selection.
About half way through the set the band break into the surprising cover of ‘Jet’ by Paul McCartney & Wings. This is clearly something that no one expected, although the Mystery Jets do it justice and those who know the words reply by singing along. However, it’s not over yet and the crowd’s shouts and screams are finally answered when the band preform their final few songs. The audience musters their remaining energy as the band break into ‘Half in Love with Elizabeth’ followed by the classic hit ‘Two Doors Down’ which the whole audience joins in with.
The night may be over for the music lovers of Birmingham but there's no rest for Mystery Jets. With Paris, their next destination, these boys still have a lot of work ahead of them. However, their new album puts them in good stead for the year ahead. ‘Radlands’ is an amazing set of songs and if you think they sound good on record, you should hear them live.
Words by Sophie Sparham