From the outside the ICA looks imposing, set on the Mall which runs from Trafalgar Square to Buckingham Palace. But inside, the ICA’s theatre made a neat little venue which saw a sold-out headline show for London five-piece Nimmo (formerly known as Nimmo and the Gauntletts).
Recently signed to Columbia, their lovely synth-y dance-y sophisticated pop has a warm and deep sound which translates well to live performance.
Lead vocalists Sarah Nimmo and Reva Gauntlett had very commanding stage presence – Gauntlett lost in the music behind her keyboard and the slightly cheekier Nimmo throwing up a cheer every time she neared the front of the stage. They were clearly enjoying themselves, which was both affecting and exhilarating, and they had the confidence of a well established band.
Nimmo’s rich vocals are part of what give them their edge, and disappointingly the soundsystem didn’t do them justice – frustratingly at times they were completely inaudible from where I was standing at the front. Despite this however, they put on a brilliant performance which left the crowd desperate for more after a relatively short set. With new music set for release in 2015, I look forward to seeing them in a bigger venue more suited to their full sound.