Opening with knockout track "Die Hard" taken from their 2009 album Get Color, drummer BJ Miller struck his kit so hard it sounded like a starting pistol - sparking appreciative cheers and a flickering light show.
The trio played a set laced with old and new material, including Death Magic’s "Stonefist", the razor-sharp "We Are Water", and one of their three current singles "Strange Days (1999)". "Tears" - taken from the Max Payne 3 video game soundtrack composed by the trio - was a clear favourite of The Neighbourhood’s youthful crowd, with Jake Duzsik’s androgynous vocals drifting clearly above his jagged guitar sounds throughout.
John Famiglietti switched between bass and the multiple switches and pads located on his pedalboard with enviable precision. Whilst all three members of HEALTH have an obvious on-stage chemistry, it’s Famiglietti’s movements that draw and hold the eye. He was clearly immersed in every part of his performance, swinging his long, dark hair in circular motions whilst triggering his many devices.It goes without saying that Miller is a powerhouse on the drums, never missing a beat and hitting harder as each track progresses.
The trio’s intuitive, relentless noise combinations make for riveting listening, and whilst their sound differed from that of The Neighbourhood, their shared crowd could not be more appreciative. Fans in HEALTH t-shirts were littered throughout the venue, but for the majority this was their first introduction to the noise-rockers - and what an intro it was. Although the band cut "Slaves Of Fear" from their setlist - the eponymous single from their new album - HEALTH’s performance wasn’t lacking in any way.
Explosive movements, explosive noise, and an explosive musical intuition: get down to HEALTH’s headline show at Oval Space on 28 March to see more of their otherwordly talents.