Live Review: Johnny Marr at Roundhouse, London, 11/11/2018

Live Review: Johnny Marr at Roundhouse, London, 11/11/2018

The refracted light show falls like coins through the air at The Roundhouse, and Johnny Marr stands at its epicentre, face raised to the heavens, eyes closed, hands stroking his glittered Fender Jaguar. 

Live Review: Pixies at The Roundhouse, London, 30/10/18

Live Review: Pixies at The Roundhouse, London, 30/10/18

Black Francis – aka Charles Thompson IV – hands his still-steaming guitar to a tech, shuffles to the drum riser and lifts a sheet of paper. Back at the microphone, he clears his throat for what might be his first actual audience banter since Pixies reformed in 2004. Ahem. “You fuckin’ die…”

Live Review: Black Honey at Electric Ballroom, London, 24/10/2018

Live Review: Black Honey at Electric Ballroom, London, 24/10/2018

Entering the ballroom, I have a vague idea of the kind of clientele Black Honey will attract. Making my way to the upper tier of the venue, I look down and skim the crowd of 90s inspired mom jeans, space buns and the overall far too-cool-for-school audience.

Live Review: HMLTD at Electric Ballroom, London, 24/10/2017

Live Review: HMLTD at Electric Ballroom, London, 24/10/2017

Towing the line between glam-rock sensibilities and freak show chic, HMLTD’s live return to the capital was bound to be nothing short of spectacular. From the collection of naked bodies paraded onstage before the six-piece’s arrival to the entire bloodied carnivalesque interior of the Camden haunt their show proves to be more of an extravagant exhibition as opposed to a standard gig on a Tuesday night.

Live Review: Yonaka at Electric Ballroom, London, 11/10/2018

Live Review: Yonaka at Electric Ballroom, London, 11/10/2018

Once I’d waded through the swathes of leather jackets, fishnets, tatted limbs and the pervasive scent of mixed high-end cologne towards the stage, I caught sight of the giant ‘Y’ hanging down from the ceiling. In a bold white font set in a red circle filled with repeats of the acronym ‘TMTF’, it mimicked the British Board of Film Classification certificate for an ‘18’ rated film. This set rather lofty expectations for the show to come. Would we be treated to strong language, nudity, sadistic violence and explicit scenes of a sexual nature (if justified by the context)?

Live Review: Franz Ferdinand at Roundhouse, London, 26/09/2018

Live Review: Franz Ferdinand at Roundhouse, London, 26/09/2018

Entering the stage to a foreboding, haunting whir that brought to mind the sound of the Tardis materialising from deep outer space, Franz Ferdinand instantly conveyed a timelord’s aura, with their jovial poise, funky shirts and Alex Kapranos’ charming, wry charisma. Scanning over the crowd with a mischievous smile whilst coolly sat on his stool like a 50’s lounge singer, Kapranos began with the air of a man unfazed by expectation; unshaken by the challenges that come with being best known for the glories of the past rather than the shimmer of the present.