After all the busyness of last week I need to catch up on a few gig write-ups, but all in all it was a fantastic week. Some amazing bands and lots of fun, even if I am still tired as a result.
This week sees another couple of gems, but thankfully only two this week and a few nights for me to relax before then!
The Low Anthem – The Tabernacle (Wed 18th Nov)
Another great Rough Trade Album Club introduction, The Low Anthem have been one of my highlights of the year. Whilst I was impressed with the album, it didn’t prepare me for their incredible live shows. I was initially amazed that slow delicate songs like ‘Charlie Darwin’ were sung by the same guy that performs the rough, bluesy Tom Waits style of ‘Champion Angel’ and live highlight ‘Don’t Let Nobody Turn You Around’ (not sure how it didn’t make the standard album, but this bonus track is available digitally so check it out on Spotify!).
After a series of festival dates, a Union Chapel gig, and a super intimate show a few months ago at Hoxton Hall (one of my favourite gigs of the year!) it will be great to see them again, this time at the Tabernacle. Not sure it can match the afforementioned Hoxton show but they haven’t disappointed so definitely one to look forward to!
The Decemberists – The Coronet (Thurs 19th Nov)
Second gig of the week will be The Decemberists, playing at the Coronet in Elephant & Castle, a new venue to me. I decided to explore The Decemberists’ albums after enjoying their track on the amazing Dark Was The Night compilation. I jumped at the chance to see them live, despite not knowing them well at the time. This gig will be a full performance of their latest album ‘The Hazards Of Love’ – a concept rock opera album – which is superb. I love the range of influences shown by this band, varying quantities of modern Americana mixed with 70s prog and lots more. Needless to say I really can’t wait for this one, have heard good things about their live shows.
A couple of nice animated videos for you to enjoy there! Check back to read about these two gigs later this week, along with reports of Babybird and Revere last week! Please do leave any feedback you have too.