After interviewing the band a few weeks ago, I was incredibly eager to see them actually doing their stuff and performing their single, Girls Will Be Girls, live on stage. Would they turn out to be all mouth and no trousers? Well they didn't disappoint. Supporting Kylie Minogue on the UK and Ireland leg of her World Tour, they stormed the stadium like mini-Aphrodites themselves. Very fierce and very, very mighty. They kicked off the set arriving, like Persephone herself, rising from the underworld through two trap doors in the stage just as the gorgeous introductory synths of Girls Will Be Girls struck up. Sharp choreography and strong vocals immediately won over the fans in the splash zone. Laura and Lauren's powerful lungs strike the sound system as they declare their 'electric heartbeats' in the neon-fused Birds and the Bees which doubles up as You Spin Me Around (Like A Record) for 2011 with a touch of Robyn's Who's That Girl in there for good measure.
Once the rush of the first songs dies down, it soon becomes evident that the Ultra Girls do not only have a tendency to provide ridiculously catchy pop music, but they couldn't give a fuck about flogging the dead donkey that is being the 'next Spice Girls' or 'future Girls Aloud' monikers. I imagine such comparisons could be drawn but to me that's painting a very monochromatic picture. The double-whammy of Gonna Stay and I O U emerges with such exuberance that I not only want to get up and become the fifth Ultra but recognize clearly that the band refuses to play the 'the next [insert band here]' card and instead provide a menu of pop that is entirely of their own making.
Amy performs the ringmaster role while Lucy takes charge as the uber-fun master of ceremonies. All equally vocally strong, by the time the girls rock out to the excellent mash-up of Blur's Song 2 and Pink's Get The Party Started, I'm hooked. Fan for life. I want the album, like yesterday!