They say that there’s a first time for everything, and with that in mind I set off to the Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen for a night hosted by the Line of Best Fit with the sole purpose of checking out support act, Nedry. The fact that the London-based trio’s trip-hop/dubstep/post-rock debut release has gathered an impressive collection of positive reviews since its release in February, recent airplay on Radio 1 and forthcoming sets at both Roskilde and Sonar - whilst also being on heavy rotation on my play list – saw me keen to catch them before the hype machine rumbles by and whisks them off to larger venues.
Nedry live are an enticing blend of electronica and bugged out, shoegaze tinged post rock. In my hypothetical world of music mathematics, this roughly equates to subtracting the 90’s and Folk influences from an early Lamb, then multiplying the result with some serious sub-bass. Playing through a set comprising of material from their album, such as ‘A42’ and title track ‘Condors’, vocal melodies are looped and layered over an ever-shifting backdrop of beats, samples and instruments. ‘Apples and Pears’ immerses the crowd in a daydream of hazy vocals, meandering guitar line and snatches of barely there lyrics, before delivering a rude awakening courtesy of a base-line so dirty I practically had to cross my legs. While the intense instrumental ‘Scattered’ sees singer Ayu clamber onto a side platform and indulge in a bit of primal screaming accompanied by electric guitar riffs and a frenzied beat bashed out on a drum machine. Considering they have been playing together live as a full group for just little over a year, Nedry turn in a performance that is energetic, enthusiastic and impressively slick. When their set is cut short due to a late start and need to make way for the headliners, the disappointment from the crowd is obvious – a sentiment echoed from the stage with “I was really looking forward to playing the next song!” – and I’m already looking forward to when the band return to London after their post-festival hiatus with a full set and their name at the top of the bill. Photobucket Images by Tim Ferguson Review by Natalie Anthony