No sooner am I done blogging about the first gig of the year than the second one arrives. Tonight I’m off to see the rather brilliant Estrons at the Boston Music Room in Tufnell Park.
Last year gig-buddy Matt introduced me to the latest love of his life: Cardiff – dirty – rockers Estrons (which means aliens in Welsh). They blew me away on both occasions we saw them last year and two of their tracks – Belfast and I’m Not Your Girl – made my top 50 for 2016.
They’re a blisteringly raw band with elements of post-punk, rock and indie. Frontwoman Tali is a captivating performer but every member of their band adds to their wall of rage. I have my fingers firmly crossed for an album in 2017.
Fortuitously they’re supported tonight by two bands I’ve been wanting to see live. Husky Loops currently sit at number 5 in our A List with latest single Fighting Myself and I’ve heard really good things about their live shows. Similarly I was hugely impressed by the two singles that King Nun released last year, so am looking forward to checking them out.
There’s a lot of very strong British bands making their way steadily into the music scene at the moment and it’d be great if any – or all – of these three can lead another generation of British rock acts into the mainstream.
One of the rules I set myself when I started this blog was that I wasn’t going to review gigs because I don’t want to change the experience – and joy – I feel when I see live music. I’m not looking to be critical when I see bands live; it’s a night out and I see no reason to feel apprehensive during a gig because I might not remember some detail or another.
However, we do want to cover live music in a number of ways and I’m hoping that we’ll have a new columnist starting next week to share thoughts on gigs and club nights. Stay tuned for that.
Until next time,
Run The Jewels have announced a European tour and are heading to London in April. I managed to get tickets (thanks to Songkick for a pre-sale link). I saw RTJ at Lovebox (a London festival) last year but to say the sound was rubbish would be unfair to other garbage. I was about four rows back in the middle of the stage, but the only hint of vocals we could hear was from the onstage monitors. So I’m looking forward to actually seeing – and hearing – them do their thing properly.
2017 is already shaping up to be pretty good on the gigs front. Pumarosa – one of the most exciting bands coming through right now – have announced another London gig, there’s Field Day, Eric Clapton, Al Stewart and lots of smaller bands already in the diary. I’ll be sharing some thoughts on those closer to the time.
One of the best things I read this week was a Guardian article on the Trash club night that used to run in London. Although I never attended the night, those that were involved in the running of the night (Erol Alkan, 2 Many DJs) and the musical artists that found fame through the night played a huge part in my musical education. But perhaps most importantly – to this site – is the music policy; they were willing to play anything. I still remain nervous about writing a blog which promotes all sorts of music, but I’ve never understood the desire to only like or listen to one genre or style of music. To my mind, good music comes in all shapes and sizes, and it was great to read that a club night that was successful found success through doing the same.
I mentioned in my last ramblings that we’ve got new columnists joining me on the blog; two of whom will start this week. Antonia is going to write regular film reviews – and also hopefully a less regular but equally exciting column on trends in film – and George is going to take on album reviews and write a less regular column on… (we haven’t quite agreed on the terminology, so forgive me here) urban music. Garage, grime, techno, hip hop… he’s going to provide a one-stop-shop on all things big in some slightly less mainstream genres.
I’ll be back later on with this week’s A List. This past week has been ridiculous in terms of excellent new music, so expect to see more change than normal. But it’s great to start the blog with some seriously exciting music.
I have to go now because Max the Yorkiepoo is awake and trying to walk on the keyboard. Until later…