Anyway, back to my 'Gig-Junkie' best next week. Fever Ray & Young Fathers (separate gigs) at the Roundhouse. Then Hookworms on my bday.
2/3's thru this now.
Fever Ray was actually at The Troxy (apparently reading tickets is hard). I hadn't been there before, it's a really gorgeous old Art Deco building. The show itself was also...interesting. Probably not a surprise if you have heard Fever Ray or The Knife, both delight in their wonderfully weird avant-garde nature. This show was very much built in that image. That said, I enjoyed it very much, there seemed to be more of an uptempo, dancier feel to the tracks live, as opposed to their recorded versions. It worked really well. Would happily catch them again at Primavera, clash permitting.
Young Fathers. A band I have been excitedly yammering on about for a few years now. It was the first time I have seen them at their own show, having previously caught them at Glasto & Bestival. Whilst they were good both those times I saw them, I enjoyed them much more last night. Having their own sound set up definitely made a huge difference.
They are an act I've often struggled to describe, partly because they sound like no other act out there at the minute, and partly becuase they quite clearly draw on so many influences (Hip Hop, Trip Hop, Garage, Jungle, Gospel, Punk, Pop). It sounds like it shouldn't work, but damn it really does. The show was a properly raucous, sweaty affair. Tune after tune, there wasn't a duffer in the set. The mood oscillated between cathartic & euphoric. One of the best gigs I've been to in quite some time. I cannot recommend them enough.