Sometimes friends let you down in a massive way. Yesterday evening was one such. I got blown out by a buddy minutes before heading to see Oh Land in Heaven London. I was gutted and annoyed. But I still went. Alone. And I sort of forgot all my frustration for a couple of hours because this lady is out of control. She drove everyone wild with her tribal beats and cute Danish voice. Catch her if you can.
Just came back from a gig to see three very exciting bands – Kitten, Tribes, and Funeral Party. I hadn’t seen any of them live and I have to admit it was totally not what I was expecting- in a really good way!
I’ve previously mentioned Kitten on here: they’re a sort of cute/cool kinda rock band with a really hyper singer. Usually supporting acts are a bit of a drag but Kitten were just awesome: it was fun, and even though there was a bit of a mishap at the end, I could see a lot of talent coming out of these guys which I look forward to following.
Tribes were on next: these guys have developed a bit of a cult following although I don’t really know much about them. One website summed up their sound perfectly: “here are some real mates making rock music like it’s meant to be: sexy, dramatic and influenced by something on Sub Pop”. It was fun to watch.
Finally, Funeral Party headlined tonight and the place was short of falling apart from crazed, beefy men (and a few women) going absolutely mental to their sounds. I don’t think I’ve seen a mosh pit that intense since my days at school. I sort of stood on the side slightly terrified but slightly ashamed of myself for not being involved. I think I’ve grown up too much… Anyway, the only way I can sum up LA-based Funeral Party is a sort of harder, dirtier, angrier Friendly Fires: there’s a lot of big noise coming from very polished beats. Definitely ones to catch live! More photos on my Flickr.
Right, I’ll say this now and I’ll keep saying it- this is THE band to watch live. I honestly can’t compare their gigs to anyone else’s out there. The music is awesome, the lights are insane and the crowd is gorgeous to look at.
Playing a mix of tunes from their first album along with some stuff from their new one (Pala– which sounded just as good as the original tracks), I shuffled my feet as much as I could while carrying a massive bag on my shoulders from work.
Please go see Friendly Fires, your life will be so much better. And try to dance like the singer cos it’s just so painfully cool. The only down sides were the fact that they came on too early (8:30) and that it was on a Monday- this is the kind of gig you’d want to get crazy with on a weekend.
No pictures in the world could show you how amazing tonight was but I’ve tried in my own pathetic little way in Flickr here.