Unlike the band before which was full of energy, with the singer rocking up and down the speakers and edging the crowd on while two security guards grabbed each of his arms, this band was relatively motionless; worse - they seemed to be staring at their feet most of the time. The only original and longest member of the band, guitarist Muhammad Alkhatib, was the biggest guilty party.
This was my introduction to shoegazing - a term coined in the 1980s for bands which relied heavily on effect pedals which resulted in the appearance of staring at their feet. Different notes blended into an acquired melodic cocktail for indie fans who follow the post-rock, dream pop, noise pop and shoegazing scenes.
The 25 year old band has managed to stand the test of time by constantly renewing itself, like a caterpillar undergoing metamorphosis every time a new member brings their talents and flair to the table.
Beyond the musical differences with other bands, the behind-the-scenes are similiar if not the same. Observe them as they rock the final acts of the night.