Tag: Live Music

Lend Me Your Ears

Lend Me Your Ears

 

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Your best friend asked if I was straight or gay
I can understand the question when I dance this way.
– Washington Square

 

The Correspondents @Brixton Jamm 11.02.17

 

With his completely shaved head, John Lennon glasses and tight lycra bodysuit, Mr Bruce certainly cuts a striking figure. And that’s before you see him move – all high knees and trailing arms as he flamboyantly twirls and jives his way back and forward across the stage. His outrageous dance moves are the driving force behind his notable stage-presence, and the manic energy he brings infallibly drives the crowd into a rambunctious frenzy. He serves as the frontman of The Correspondents, somehow catching his breath between skank-outs to hurl forward a stream of highly rhythmic, witty and eccentric lyrics.

Fear and Delight

 

The Correspondents themselves sit on that middle ground between DJ set-with-frontman and full blown live band, sometimes pulling in support from a live drummer and brass section, but this night at the Brixton Jamm they were stripped down to the core duo, Mr Bruce himself and beats-man Chuckles. Chuckles was responsible for providing the backing to Mr Bruce’s half-insane capering, and he did not disappoint, delivering a raft of playful skiffles, bassline wobbles and big beats. When asked by friends to define the Correspondents’ sound, I had to settle on the term electro-swing, but their constantly changing style has more than a few echoes of drum and bass and dubstep that keeps the energy levels constantly overflowing and the crowd asking for more. Big tunes of the night included the signature jaunty swing of Washington Square, the driving bassy electro-funk of What’s Happened to Soho, and sing-along crowd favourite Fear and Delight.

You Turn Me On

 

Worthy of mention too were the supporting act My Bad Sister, who warmed up the crowd superbly with their perfectly choreographed synchronised dance moves. The two front-women, identical twins, pitched their act provocatively somewhere between a power dance and a strip-tease. Dressed in glittering faux-police-officer gear, a good deal of which seemed to come off during the performance, they shuffled and skanked their way through a backing track largely composed of driving UK Bass of the sort that South Londoners know and love.

You Turn Me On Too…

 

All told, the night was a great success, bringing together friends from across the city and beyond for a showcase of what Brixton nightlife is all about. High-octane live performances, venues Jamm-packed with late-night revellers, and big, bassy sounds to keep the customers satisfied until the early hours of the morning. Who needs Soho anyway?

 

 

Ramblings: on Estrons, King Nun, Husky Loops and live music

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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,

Mark