The Wonders of Travel from an Aspiring Journalist
On Thursday 20th February, I went to see one of my all-time favourite bands; Little Comets. The venue was the Electric Ballroom in Camden town (right next to the tube station) and even when we arrived (which was at 6:50, ten minutes early) the queue stretched down past dozens of shops.
The queue was predictable; teenagers, hipsters, goths and some who barely looked 14. However, one thing was for sure – they all had impeccable music taste. Upon entering the Electric Ballroom, we were greeted with some stern-faced staff who were checking bags. There was the option to put items in the cloakroom but I didn’t bother – I went straight to the front of the standing area, which was filling up quickly. The standing area does not seem as big as other London venues such as The Forum, but once the bands started to play and people gathered round, it is remarkable how many people can fit in such an area.
The first supporting band was Bwani Junction, who I had previously listened to and liked. Their music was incredible but didn’t even come close to their alluring charisma. The lead singer, Rory, has a beautiful Scottish voice and really interacted with the audience. I would thoroughly recommend listening to (in my opinion) their best song – Borneo. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=om-op4LNlE8
The second supporting act was a group called Catfish and the Bottlemen. At first, I thought that I wouldn’t really enjoy their music as they seemed quite metal-based. However, after giving them a few minutes, I was pleasantly surprised. Their music is a little stronger than that of Bwani Junction, but other than that quite incomparable. Both bands have great qualities, and massive appeal. My favourite song of theirs is definitely Pacifier, a relatively new one. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iX1sJClsQxE
Finally, the act we had all been waiting for. The screaming when Little Comets walked on was deafening, as every member of the audience went wild. They performed most of their most famous ones first, with Bridge Burn being my favourite. However, they added embellishments and twists – extra chords or choruses and blended many songs together to form long mixes. I wasn’t sure if I liked these transitions, as for me, they almost didn’t allow enough space to appreciate the beginnings and endings of each song.
However, their live performance has to be the best I have ever heard – although they were relatively serene, the quality of their music was as good, if not better, than the recorded tracks. My ultimate song by Little Comets is Worry, although I have never come across one of theirs which I haven’t liked. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IlDUCaumm-k