Live Review: People In Museums @ The Boileroom, Guildford

“Fuck social media, we’re just gonna play this.”

People in Museums are a doughnut. You think it’s jam because it’s always jam, and suddenly they use a scream or an incredibly interesting jazz chord, and it turns out that they were custard all along! You take a bite and look away for a split second, then, before you know it, the filling is everywhere, your clothes need a wash, the stage is covered in beer and Google doesn’t understand that you’re not remotely interested in visiting the British Museum. You just wanted to watch a music video about space hoppers and bananas.

‘Alex is insecure because his baselines are prettier than him’

A crowd-pleaser: upbeat, catchy bass riff, the type of song that it feels wrong to stand still to.

‘Indie Track in A’

Hushes the crowd and creates a more intimate setting,

‘Andy’s Mum’s Wisley Card’

A personal favourite, this song strips it back even more with jazzier chords and no distractions from the raw emotion seeping out (a bit like the custard).

PIM Live

‘Nameless Motion Pt2’

It lulls you in with false pretences of more slow, emotional melodies, before becoming fast and almost aggressive, captivating the crowd.

‘Tuesday’

Fun and wordy in the verses with a purely instrumental chorus which I defy anyone to listen to without bopping along.

‘I speak with my eyes, you speak with your mind’

After verbally abusing the bassist for taking too long to retune, and regretting the placement of a pint, our roller coaster journey is brought to a close with People In Museum’s new single. 

If I had to describe People In Museums in one word, I’d choose effortless. They seem to feed on a never-ending pool of energy and enthusiasm as they share their honest and passionate love of what they do. In fact, at some point they stop being people; they are instruments in themselves as the music takes over and they have no choice but to share it with you.

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