April 8, 2016
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Judging by the front row sing-alongs and healthy vinyl sales, his place in the spotlight is well-deserved.
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