This Eves the Behavior article was written by Zoe Anderson, a GIGsoup contributor. Edited by Gavin Wells
If you’re significantly low on pocket change, London is actually a pretty decent city to see live music that won’t break the bank. Hackney Wick hosts a bi-annual festival that is completely free of charge, and venues like the stunning Magic Garden in Battersea only make you cough up the dough after eight on Fridays. The nature of free events, however, is that they can be extremely hit and miss; with music so widely and freely available online, it could be argued that there is a pressure for smaller artists to deliver the same sort of easy experience live.
Eves the Behavior are a three piece indie band hailing originally from Australia. This was to be the band’s first headline show in London, and the venue of choice for the night was the unassumingly cosy Brewhouse Venue in Hackney. Stepping through the doors, it almost felt like you were entering into an old wine cellar with its dark wooden walls and even darker lighting. The crowd were happily mingling and chatting, whilst no doubt enjoying the various locally brewed ales on offer. The best way to describe the Brewhouse is pleasing. It felt like a big, comfortable armchair next to a crackling fire.
Unfortunately the band simply didn’t match up to its homely and welcoming setting. Lead vocalist Eve is technically an impressive singer, with an amazing vocal range. Her lyrical ability and stage presence however lacked something; as she crooned and squinted into the microphone, it felt as though there wasn’t a tangible atmosphere in the room. Her backing band, whilst also technically impressive, played a monotone experimental indie drone, which again didn’t really deliver anything really exciting to the room. However, a special mention does go to the synth player, who launched into some lovely, ethereal sounding harmonies as she tapped at her 80’s style keys.
Halfway through their short thirty-five minute set, Eve stopped and made her way off the stage, to the other side of the room. “I don’t know why I like to do this, but I think it’s fun” she cooed as she launched into a solo, self-reflective song, which was apparently about buying shoes. She accompanied her lyrics with a small synth box, from which emitted a powdery sound, similar to some of the tracks in Goldfrapp’s ‘Felt Mountain’. Again though, her performance was slightly lacklustre, and left the audience wondering why she hadn’t just stayed on stage.
All in all, Eves the Behavior are probably destined to float away into obscurity pretty quickly. Eve herself has a very strong vocal presence, but it almost seems like her put-on American tones would be more at home over a Summer House track rather than a pseudo-experimental indie melody. The venue however was lovely and hosts many different live music acts, often for free. Make sure to check out the Brewhouse if you happen to be in the Hackney Central area.