Camden has always been a place that prides itself on contrast.  And so it was I came to see Friends Electric play at Proud Galleries, only to witness the bizarre choice of supporting 'band': XO Man. Whatever you might think of grime/hip-hop the incredibly named set closer would have enamoured them to you either way; 'Bass Made Your Pussy Wet'.

Friends Electric however, were not nearly so awkwardly received by the Camdenites in attendance. In fact they were a snug fit, all groove-laden melodic electro-pop and choreographed lighting.

Friend Electric are proof if any was needed that the digital age has made music scenes global. Formed in a small mining town in Wales, the young quartet sound like future-London dance-floor fillers in the vein of Delphic mashed up with Clock Opera. On the night lead vocalist Dan Thomas' voice wavered not once in belting out some seriously catchy melodies, and each song, no matter how ostensibly poppy, fell into a satisfyingly deep, elongated groove of some kind. Mostly euphoric and soaring, with the odd touch of melancholy, their set flew by at speed.  

At times the beats and bass lines felt slightly repetitious but they were still more than tight enough, and were married with enough hooks and drops to get most of the audience nodding along attentively. One thing I'd absolutely like to see from these promising youngsters however, is slightly more risk-taking in their rhythms and arrangements; it's clear they've got talent for writing hooks, drops and slathering pop bombast over them, but with a little more of a jagged edge they could seriously capture the imagination.

A confident and engaging live band that I'm now very curious to hear properly on record, and see at perhaps a more intimate venue with a totally into-it audience, Friends Electric certainly came a lot closer than XO man to fulfilling their dark prophecy.