Review and Photography by Robert Barrett
As part of an extensive European tour, Sloan Struble aka Dayglow played a sold out Sunday night set at the O2 Institute. Could the 22 year old star bring a bit of light to a murky Sunday evening? The answer was a resounding yes.
Support act Far Caspian seemed to have a dedicated fan base of their own, with an almost full house by the time they came on. The smooth Lo-fi songs backed with some hypnotizing saxaphone bit of sax throughout were hypnotic, and won them over a few new fans in the process.
“This is our 2nd time in Birmingham, anyone see us support Hobo Johnson?” asked Sloan. Not many cheers, but it didn’t really matter as in that time he has built a massive dedicated fanbase. Kicking off with the “Harmony House” intro tracks “Something” and the bouncy “Medicine”, it was clear that the crowd were in the palm of his hands before he even reached the stage.
The set surprisingly focused on his first album “Fuzzybrain” rather than latest relase “Harmony House”. But after seeing the incredible reaction each song from that record got it wasn’t hard to see why. Tracks like “Run the World!!!” and “Listerine” causing a mass singalong from the crowd.
The insanely catchy Michael McDonald inspired “Close to You” had the whole room bouncing with its infectious groove. Sloan seemed to have the time of his life onstage, and the crowd seem to of had the time of their life off stage. Not half bad for a Sunday night.