Live review from Jager x Underground:
5. LAST SUMMER DAY
It’s quickly clear that “happy metal” is a moniker Exloud wear with irony. At least one part of the description is true though: Exloud’s live shows are ridiculously joyous affairs, presented by five geeky-looking anti-rock stars who can’t keep the grins from their faces as they punctuate danceable indie with banter and in-jokes.
“We’re having a shot after every song,” says frontman SmallPo Fan at the Jager x The Underground show. The booze brand’s scantily-clad promo girls dutifully oblige and, after five energetic songs, the onstage swaying makes it pretty clear the challenge will be regretted in the morning.
Opener 好想去沙灘 (‘We’re beach boys’) is a jaunty, jangly indie chant-off with a chorus that wiggles in the ears for days. Truly, with the sixties surf-rockers’ singalong ditties, the onstage energy and charisma of The Hives, and the foot-shuffling angular art guitar of Franz Ferdinand, Exloud have got the formula for hook-driven rock spot-on.
The all-American, noughties pop-punk of ‘快樂到死’ (‘Happy the End’) could have been written by Fountains of Wayne, and ‘Last Summer Day’ is a surf jam to end the lamentably short set on a wistful note. A world away from bland canto-pop, far from photogenic boys with guitars, the band are putting on some of the most fun and involving shows in town. And the cheers echo long after they’ve staggered off the Orange Peel stage.
– El Jay