Concert Review: Mausi @ Concrete

Anglo-Italian quartet Mausi are fast becoming known for their chic brand of synth-pop that drips with European flair. Their sun-soaked anthems tell stories of a carefree girl, half-Spanish and half-German, dancing the night away at stylish parties to the beat of continental riviera pop. Coming off the back of a number of festival shows, the four-piece dazzled Concrete on Wednesday evening, sending a lively capacity crowd into sheer ecstasy all night long.

Support for the night came from talented Folkestone indie-pop group Native People, stepping in at the 11th hour to replace Fickle Friends, sadly unable to perform due to band illness. Despite only forming in 2013, the former have already gained radio attention from the likes of BBC Introducing and Amazing Radio, thanks in part to their debut single ‘Calm Forever’ and a smörgåsbord of demo’s available on their Soundcloud page. Considering the late change in support, the audience took to the band quickly on, and they provided an excellent warm-up for the headline act, building the atmosphere inside a wonderfully rustic venue in the centre of London.

After a quick change-over, Mausi burst onto the small stage amidst a visual backdrop documented from the camera of Thomas Finetto. Opening with EP track ‘Body Language’ and rapidly moving through singles ‘Move’ and ‘sol.’, the band were visibly energetic and excited, exemplified through Daisy Finetto’s frequent forays into the crowd with a never-dropping smile and a swagger perfected in Milan, via Newcastle. Backed up by brother Thomas and band-mates Benji and Ben, Daisy’s vocals illuminated the crowd, making each and every person dance (dance! dance!).

Continuing the set with recent cover ‘Hideaway’ and never-before-heard track ’99 Cent’, the quartet danced, sang and smiled their way into the hearts of the crowd with absolute ease. Judging by the reaction of the audience to ‘new’ and ‘new-new’ material, there’s a lot to be excited about in the next 12 months, including an upcoming debut album. Tracks such as ‘Rich Girl’ and ‘Boy + Girl = Magic’ intertwined with new track ‘Famous’, providing a never-ending carnival atmosphere, with the band bouncing off the crowd and the crowd bouncing off the band.

Closing with an extended version of their latest single ‘My Friend Has A Swimming Pool’, a track gaining radio play on major UK stations (and further afield), Mausi demonstrated why they’re a force to be reckoned with, building a fiercely loyal fanbase with radio-friendly (but not radio-awful) brand of exciting pop that you can savour, from each chord and drum beat, each synth and lyric. A perfect end to an incredible night. Sticking round after their set to chat with fans, it’s obvious how much this night means to the band, with gratitude evident in abundance. These fans will keep coming back, with great reason. By the way, does your friend have a swimming pool?

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Review by Ollie Salter | @ollie_salter_

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