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© KOKO London / Charlotte Davidson
Ahh, Club NME at Koko. In its heyday, this weekly guitar-fuelled orgy was a place where trilby-wearers could find a safe haven of acceptance, and spoilt girls who dressed exclusively in the Kate Moss for Topshop range could kid themselves that they were going to find their future rock star husband here. Now, Club NME is a bit stale – indie music just ain’t what it used to be, the playlist doesn’t sound too different from the Geordie Shore soundtrack (okay, that’s unfair, maybe it’s more Made In Chelsea) and the drinks are still horrendously expensive.
Not that tonight’s headliners, Storms, really give a fuck about any of that. They’re not here to relive the, err, ‘glory days’ of The Libertines, nor are they trying to peddle some chart-humping shite that sounds like a collection of rejected Owl City songs. Nope, Storms have drawn their musical influences from arguably the best genres of the ‘90s – grunge, shoegaze and Britpop. As the sound of Kanye West fades away and the band take to the stage, a wave of gratitude washes over me. Opening song ‘Special’ fills the auditorium with heartfelt lyrics, even if these sombre tales of society’s lower echelons are masked by an anthemic riff. The crowd doesn’t seem to mind much though, and they sway along happily in a Jagermeister-induced stupor. “Nobody’s special!” they wail in unison, blissfully unaware of the sad truth they seem to be confirming.
The next track, ‘Words’, with its slow, layered guitars and crunchy reverb, is a definite nod to bands like My Bloody Valentine and Spacemen 3. Launching straight into new song ‘Swell’, lead singer George Runciman showcases stronger vocals that range from high-pitched yelping to Cobain-esque roars, supported by a thumping drum beat and thunderous, guitar-backed choruses. By the time the song is over the band appear to have created a bizarre kind of festival atmosphere, as a noticeable amount of girls have actually clambered onto their boyfriends’ shoulders, hands in the air like they’re trying to clutch on to the last of the summer.
The penultimate song of the evening, ‘Plague Machine’, is easily my favourite. With just the right mix of yearning, lust and anger, it’s got a frustrating familiarity to it; the classic influences are there, but you can’t quite pinpoint what they are. Essentially though, it’s a blend that is all Storms’ own.
It’s clear that Storms already have some loyal fans who showed up especially to see them, but you can’t help but wonder if the depth of Storms’ lyrics and their range of influences might be a bit wasted on the people who also enjoy the likes of Bastille and Everything Everything. Perhaps the idiots are still winning, but the enthusiasm for tonight’s performance shows that this lot at Club NME aren’t lost causes just yet.
Posted in Comedy, Events, Lifestyle, Music, Writing
Tagged 2013, Ben Morgan, blogging, britpop, Camden, Club NME, cool, entertainment, Felix Howes, George Runciman, gig review, grunge, guitar music, indie, indie band, Kanye West, Kate Moss, Koko, Leonie Cumiskey, live music, London, Made In Chelsea soundtrack, new music, nineties music, nostalgia, opinion, photography, review, shoegaze, Storms, students, Topshop, writer, writing, Yacob Andersen
Posted in Art, Design, Film, Music, Writing
Tagged 1960s graphics, 2004, 2013, 20th century design, art, blogging, collage, constructivist, cool, creative, creativity, design, diagram, entertainment, Franz Ferdinand, fun, graphic design, illustration, indie, inspiration, internet, Jonas Odell, Kenneth Grange, Leonie Cumiskey, media, mid-century modern, music, music video, new music, nostalgia, Pelican books, publishing, retro, Right Action, Saul Bass, single, surreal, textbook diagrams, video, video director, vintage books, writer, writing, Youtube
Posted in Art, Design, Film, Music, PR, Writing
Tagged 2013, animation, Arctic Monkeys, blogging, colours, cool, creativity, David Wilson, elephants, film, fun, graphic design, illustration, indie, media, music, music video, new music, opinion, pink elephants, psychedelic, psychedelic cartoon, sound, surreal, synaesthesia, Tame Impala, technicolour, trippy, video, video director, writing, Youtube
Love this song. The accordion in it reminds me of ‘This Is The Day’ by The The…except I think I actually prefer this song by Dead Gaze.
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Tagged 2013, cool, Dead Gaze, entertainment, guitar music, I Found The Ending, indie, lo-fi, media, Mississippi, music, music video, new music, single, song, surreal, USA, Youtube
The Black Angels have a new album out next week, and the artwork that goes with it is all so fitting and perfect. The psychedelic line drawings evoke Wes Wilson’s classic ’60s gig posters, and the brown parcel paper texture really emphasises that beautiful hand-drawn aesthetic.I’ve tried to find out who the illustrator is, but I’ve not had any luck. If anyone knows who the work is by, please feel free to comment and let me know. Thanks!
Edit: The work is by the very talented Matt Cliff, who unfortunately doesn’t have a website. Thanks for getting in touch, Matt!
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Tagged 60s nostalgia, 60s poster, album, album art, album promotion, arts, band tour, bands, blogging, cover art, gig poster, gig posters, gig promotion, hand-drawn, illustration, images, Indigo Meadow, Leonie Cumiskey, line drawing, media, music, music promotion, new album, new music, paper texture, psychedelia, psychedelic, psychedelic art, psychedelic rock, retro, The Black Angels, The Black Angels tour, tour poster, upcoming releases, USA, Wes Wilson, writing
Great new song from Unknown Mortal Orchestra – sounds a bit like Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, but it’s also got that funk groove to it that kind of reminds me of Al Green or Marvin Gaye too. Watch the video – the McLovin guy from Superbad takes on a hippie cult and gets smacked over the head with a bottle! That’s pretty much it.
Posted in Music, Writing
Tagged Al Green, Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, chilled, cult, cute, funk, funny, groove, hippies, indie, Leonie Cumiskey, lo-fi, Marvin Gaye, McLovin, music, music video, new music, opinion, psychedelic, SAD, single, sunshine, Superbad, UMO, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Youtube
Banks is a really intriguing singer/songwriter from LA. I can’t find a whole lot of information on her at the moment, but the track that first caught my attention is ‘Before I Ever Met You’ – a dark, bass-heavy ode to toxic relationships. Imagine if Rihanna got tired of Chris Brown and collaborated with Massive Attack – this is what I reckon it would sound like.
If you prefer your music a bit more uptempo, then you should listen to the collaboration that Banks did with Lil Silva. I fully expect to hear this played to death during London Fashion Week, and if it’s not, well…that’s a shame. This sounds like such fashion music – I mean, it’s even called ‘Work’!
Posted in Culture, Fashion, Music, Writing
Tagged 2013, Banks, bass, blogging, catwalk music, cool, dance music, fashion, fashion music, female singer, LA, Leonie Cumiskey, Lil Silva, London Fashion Week, Massive Attack, media, music, music video, new music, one to watch, party, singer, toxic relationships, video, writing, Youtube