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: 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. 

Live Review: Albert Hammond Jr at Electric Ballroom, London, 14/09/2018

Live Review: Albert Hammond Jr at Electric Ballroom, London, 14/09/2018

The lights dimmed to an eerie darkness and Albert Hammond Jr.’s voice boomed across the room, reciting the spoken word intro to The Doors’ ‘The Soft Parade’, in which Jim Morrison bullishly asserts that, “You cannot petition the lord with prayer!” Beyond Morrison’s Nietzchean, anti-theistic worldview, this brazen monologue is often perceived as an outpour of Morrison’s frustrations with what audiences expected of him, and his desire to just be himself. As a guitarist of The Strokes - one of the biggest indie bands in history - now touring as a solo artist, this was an intriguing, suggestive choice of introduction. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Hammond Jr.’s setlists never feature a single Strokes song, despite the rapture he knows they’d be received with.

Live Review: Young Fathers at Roundhouse, London, 21/03/18

Live Review: Young Fathers at Roundhouse, London, 21/03/18

One of the many great things about Edinburgh trio Young Fathers is the way that they seem to defy the predictable trajectory of the pop career. Some of the greatest bands in musical history like The Smiths or Stone Roses have become a little flabby around the edges after a while, either adding superfluous musicians where they're not needed or lengthening their tracks to so called 'epic' proportions. Young Fathers seem to be going the other way.