We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, it’s one of the daftest names out there, but main man Orlando Higginbottom’s love of an eye-catching name pales in comparison next to his drive for a show that simply stuns.
On record, as this year’s debut Trouble LP showed, the bloke affectionately known by the rather less eye-catching moniker TEED is a purveyor of song-shaped electro-pop. In the live arena, though, he is truly something else.
Taking to the stage in all manner of outlandish headgear (including, but not limited to, his epic dinosaur spines), TEED favours putting on a show rather than just letting the music do the talking.
A typical gig involves dancers, costume changes, confetti and the sort of eccentric exuberance that would leave the likes of The Flaming Lips bowed in admiration.
So far, TEED’s remixed Lady Gaga, worked with Damon Albarn in the Congo, played a vertiginous set from the top of London’s Millbank Tower, and generally wowed everyone with his showmanship, dancefloor nous and striking pop sensibilities.
With a slew of fan fave singles already – Trouble and Garden are not the time to hit the bar – and the kind of devoted following that usually takes longer than one album to build, TEED is a phenomenon in the making.
O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Wed, Oct 10. | Doors at 7.30pm | £14
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