I felt a little out of touch with new music towards the end of 2010, so in January I made a New Year's resolution to attend at least 1 gig a week until the end of 2011. The rules are simple: 1. Attend at least one gig a week 2. No duplicate headline acts allowed 3. No stockpiling gigs 4. Where possible, don't attend too many gigs at the same venue (I can bend this one)
Here I'll report back on my weekly musical escapades and any great musical discoveries I make along the way.
Wednesday, 16 March 2011
Week 10: Mon 7 March - The Phantom Band, Dingwalls, Camden
It's fair to say I wasn't in a very gig-going mood last week when heading up to Dingwalls in Camden to see ThePhantomBand with my boyfriend (who's a big fan and was really looking forward to the gig - sorry!). He gave me one of their albums in January and I had listened to it a few times, but not enough to become familiar with the songs before the gig. Fellow ScottishbandFound opened the night with a short set which didn't really do it for me. The electronic element didn't really work - they'd have been better off with a standard drummer; and some of the harmonies were a bit off. This only compounded the mood that I didn't feel like I wanted to be there. Luckily, ThePhantomBandcame on and from the outset my mood lifted whilst listening to their catchy, percussive songs. It helps that the front man is very charismatic which made the whole gig much more interesting, but generally, thebandmix intricate melodies, harmonies and percussion to create great songs. The crowd were all dancing and bouncing along. I wasn't overly convinced by their album before seeing them live, but now I've revisited it and have enjoyed it a lot more as it's easier to appreciate all the layers within each song. Overall a very goodbandto see when in a bad mood. It's hard not to find yourself bouncing along with the beat and enjoying their banter. Thank you to ThePhantomBandfor being that little bit different and providing a breath of fresh air. 8/10