Brian Fallon, Good Old War & Jared Hart

April 8, 2016
KOKO, London

Brian Fallon
It was a great night for live music as two venues on the same Camden Town crossroad had queues round the block before 6pm.  KOKO was undeniably the place to be, though.  The old theatre with myriad balconies and staircases was quickly filled with expectant fans looking for the best view of Brian Fallon’s performance.  They were rewarded with a sublime light show and blinding set.

Brian Fallon

Fallon started with a haunting rendition of Lana Del Rey’s Video Games.  Then a full band, The Crowes, stepped up to flesh out a set of songs from Fallon’s new solo record, Painkillers, interspersed with tunes from side projects Molly and The Zombies and The Horrible Crowes.

Brian Fallon

The new record hasn’t been out for long, but that didn’t stop the crowd chanting along to A Wonderful Life and anthemic Rosemary. Other highlights were The Horrible Crowes tracks Sugar and the maddeningly catchy Ladykiller, which was cut with a stanza of The Cure’s Pictures of You.

Brian Follon

Fallon was all smiles, as if the weight of the world had been lifted and only playing for the love of music remained. Following a break from the treadmill of incessant touring, he was back in a playful mood.  He responded to good-natured heckling with “New Jersey, New Jersey, Bruce Springsteen, New Jersey; now you’re all caught up!”  He later delivered an wry monologue mocking those that mistake him for Hillary Clinton’s (non-rock star) press secretary, Brian Fallon.

Brian Follon

For all the banter, Fallon was humble when it came to acknowledging his gratitude for the fans’ continued support. On this evidence it is well-deserved, and long may it continue.


Good Old War

Good Old War is something of an indie super-group; Unlikely Cowboy‘s guitarist Dan Schwartz joined Days Away singer Keith Goodwin in 2008.  This musical heritage helps to explain Good Old War’s undeniable stage presence and confidence.

Good Old War

Good Old War

Taking the stage seeming like an unassuming Weezer cover band, the band burst into life as the music started.  No shoegazing here; Goodwin went from sedate to throwing shapes instantly.  Meanwhile, while Schwartz gave a joyous performance, singing along to every word.

Good Old War

The sound was remarkably rich for a duo with a single instrument.  Schwartz played his electro-acoustic at full speed, high up the neck.  This produced a jangly surf pop vibe which contrasted deliciously with Goodwin’s lo-fi vocal; even the murder victim ballad had a summer feel.  Refreshingly different.

Good Old War

Jared Hart

Jared Hart
Like so many before him,  Jared Hart of punk band The Scandals hit the road with an electro-acoustic guitar to showcase his storytelling side.  It’s easy to see why he’s found favour with The Revival Tour crowd.  Hart combines the gruff passion of Chuck Ragan with Dave Hause‘s knack for melody and honesty.

Jared Hart

Judging by the front row sing-alongs and healthy vinyl sales, his place in the spotlight is well-deserved.

Jared Hart

Jared Hart

Like what you see? Head over to Flickr for more photos of the show!

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