Live at The 100 Club

After a dark and stripped down opening set from John and Jehn which sees the unassuming-looking, French boy/girl duo teasing lo-fi, fuzzy squeaks and shrieks from guitar and bass while they shimmy around their microphones, Those Dancing Days bring some long-awaited pop to the party tonight.

The Stockholm fivesome stroll onto the stage, smiling sweetly in sun visors and summer dresses and unleash a stream of sixties girl group-inspired indie singalongs to an excitable throng, clustered dotingly around lead singer Linnea Jonsson.

Keeping between-song banter to a bare minimum, the band choose instead to attack their instruments with fervour, drummer Cissi Efraimsson in particular powering through each track, churning out frenetic, fast-paced danceable rhythms and clipped beats. Most of these offerings are taken from Those Dancing Days’ superb-sounding forthcoming debut album, so not many people know them, but when the band start up one of their breakthrough numbers such as the gorgeously melancholy “Hitten” and “1000 Words” the whole place goes wild.

However, it’s final effort “Those Dancing Days” which pushes The 100 Club over the edge of hysteria - people bopping, singing, clapping and whistling along to the song from start to finish, which prompts the outfit’s Rebecka Roifart to plant huge smackers on various beaming members of the crowd as the quintet exit the stage.

It makes for a triumphant climax to a show which only goes to further prove that Those Dancing Days are well on their way to becoming the soundtrack to this summer.

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