I adore Tv on the Radio, (along with every other bearded music-lover) so it was nothing more than phenomenal that I got to witness this bearded crooner/guitarist live in the small setting on the Mercantile Bar. Stranded on the last night of the tour because of a volcano in Iceland, Kyp decided to tag along to State’s first Love:Live Music session, which also played host to Take the Money and Run, The Cast of Cheers and headliners, Super Extra Bonus Party. (click here for full photo set)
But as fantastically impressive as they each were, Kyp was my highlight. Grumpy and alone, he twanged at his guitar, plecless through four numbers from his current side-project, Rain Machine. Opener ‘Give Blood’ was a durty groove, stripped of it’s backing vocals, drum-beats and bassline, it was almost unrecognisable from the original. ‘Smiling Black Faces’ was also briefly aired and mumbled through and ‘New Last Name’ was probably the most true to the original. But to be honest he could have played ‘Netti Fritti’ on his own and I still would have lapped it up.
Christ, with a beard like that he could’ve just stood there. Isn’t that right, y’happy bastard?