PEAKING LIGHTS

Walking in to the sight of orangesuited Hare Krishna’s brandishing chimes is a pretty odd experience, even in the student haven of the Brudenell.

Hookworms readily embrace the challenge and invite them to join in on the opening song.

The end result is a swirling, heady mix of tribal drums and epic distortion,

blending effortlessly into the garage psychadelia of ‘Form and Function’.

The raw visceral throb of ‘Teenage Dreams’

obliterates any idle doubts that this is a band to be reckoned

with as the super loud drone of the local band is then met with the starkly contrasting Peaking Lights,

whose organic techno gently tumbles forth from a tangle of wires and synths.

With a telepathy akin to fellow synth pairing Moon Duo, Indra Dunis and Aaron Coyes mirror changes with the tiniest of glances.

Songs like ‘Dream Beat’ are fluid and alive enough to turn even the most hardened hipster into a beard-stroking Womad aficionado,

and their soft blend of reggae,

kraut rock and breathy electro is the perfect soundtrack to hazy summer nights.

Set to a quirky visual backing track that includes a floating goat,

the tantric hippy beats of ‘Tiger Eyes’ are softly mesmerising.

Of course the Hare Krishna folk are here the softly humming Peaking Lights are spiritually, gently euphoric.

“When we throw queer parties which are outside of the Nyege Nyege festival, we definitely have to be more careful,” she tells me.

“We can’t necessarily label them as queer parties because you might draw the attention of the wrong sort of people.

Even when we are doing parties just for women – like the Pussy Party’s we throw – we are making sure that women are safe and looked after,

so no straight male shenanigans are taking place.

But if you advertise it that way then to an extent you create a backlash and attract those people who just want to come and fuck it up.”

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