– ACADEMY 1, MANCHESTER –

“If you like yoghurt then you might know this one”, announces Shingai Shoniwa before the second song of the evening, ‘Wild Young Hearts’, and judging by the reaction of the crowd, a lot of people like yoghurt.

Two of the Noisettes songs have been used in adverts, most notably the uplifting and joyous ‘Don’t Upset The Rhythm’, one of the greatest pop songs of recent times. Their label as a rock group seemed much more suitable a couple of years ago, but they’ve come a long way since then, with Shoniwa commenting, “First Night & Day, and now here” as she looks out on the crowd, she appears undaunted by its size and up for the challenge of playing in even bigger venues.

When seeing the Noisettes live, Shoniwa’s sheer energy makes you forget about the adverts and concentrate on the music. She does everything in her power to keep the audience energised and engaged – with the room about two thirds female, her strong style has enamoured her with other, ahem, ‘strong’ women, who identify with her feisty on stage attitude.

While there is no doubting the Noisettes ability to put on a good show, the content of their lyrics is somewhat lacking. A cover version of the Killers ‘When You Were Young’, is a definite highlight of the evening, typically delivered in the bands’ upbeat style but, lyrically, it’s a departure from what they usually deliver.

If the Noisettes could come up with words to rival some of the major bands out there and combine it with their ability to entertain a crowd, they’ll be a pop force to be reckoned with. The bands with the original lyrics to match the tune, are those that stand the test of time, the Noisettes plan to be here for a while, so the jury is still out.

When people ask me what music I am in to, I find it very hard to give a definitive answer because, throughout my life I have been in to all kinds of different music from House to Heavy Metal depending on how old I was, what I was doing at the time and the kind of people I was hanging out with. So I can safely say I am open to most things as long as it’s good but obviously that is entirely subjective and open to interpretation, which I guess is what Silent Radio is all about. However, I would say that overall my alliances lie with Electronic Music because it covers so many genres and is constantly developing and changing. Having just returned from Sonar I felt a warm glow being surrounded by so many people who appreciate Electronic Music but there were times when I became a little jaded and questioned its integrity especially after seeing Katy B perform for the 3RD TIME! Will Katy B still be remembered in six years? I doubt it. But I guess that is the nature of Pop Music in particular; some stand the test of time, some don't. I think having grown up and lived in Manchester my musical tastes have been influenced by the club scene post- hacienda and the music at nights like Electric Chair which encompasses the sounds of House, Detroit Techno, Disco, Soul, Funk and Hip Hop. Basically anything with a groove, I like. But this is not confined to Dance Music I particularly like bands that are melodic and have a hook such as Wild Beasts, music that captures an emotion and has a heart. While at University I was also listening to music that didn’t really have much of a heart but more of a pacemaker in terms of the emotion it conveyed and that was Electro-Clash, a completely non- sensical and at times ridiculous genre that borrowed elements from House, Italio Disco and Techno and re- formed them in to one fun, but ridiculous package. While at University, I had my own radio Show where I tried to convey some of my musical tastes acquired from up north and had guest DJ's from a night in New Cross called Zombie Disco, with Jamie from Zombie Disco now working with Lindstrom. We also borrowed the services of Rina from Ladytron who had a guest DJ slot. Anyhow, I think it is safe to say I like a wide range of music apart from Katy B, sorry Katy.