Musically they're all over the place, in a good way. Totally disinterested in verse-chorus-verse, one song by the Furnaces can contain many different styles, tunes, and tempos . It often sounds like nice, simple lo-fi Lou Reed type stuff, but then it'll veer off suddenly into freak-out jazz, or reggae, or something like a slightly spooky version of some lost TV theme tune. The accuracy and energy of the playing from Matthew Friedberger and his rhythm section is really impressive, and they create a fascinating backdrop for Eleanor's flat and focused vocals. As a live act, they can be a bit hard work, as it's often difficult to get a handle on one of their songs before it starts to change, but it really made me want to hunt down one of their albums.
The support acts, Inlight and Talk in Code, were in comparison a little lacking in ideas and to be honest, balls. Talk in Code had a bit more momentum to them, but they need to find something more interesting for their keyboard player to do. The lead guitarist of Inlight was having great fun with his effects pedal, which reminded me of one of my favourite 90s bands, Kitchens of Distinction.