And so, it was the Canadians who came and conquered the cold dark surroundings of North London last night as both ‘Alvvays’ and their extremely impressive support band ‘Moon King’ warmed our cold frost bitten bodies and our musical addictions.
Two live sets of the highest quality and as much Red Stripe as one could afford were our rewards for venturing out in conditions reminiscent of a Darwinian novel (OK maybe I’m exaggerating a little but I really feel the cold and multiple layering rarely helps). The Scala was rammed to the roof-tops of excitable fans, journalists and an unhealthy amount of bearded photographers and all would witness two groups whose ability to regale us with tales or love and heartbreak was obvious from the first note.
‘Moon King’ delivered the type of set you hope for but rarely experience. It was energetic, relentless and quite possibly one of the most impressive warm-ups I’ve ever been fortunate enough to witness. Those individuals chatting idly out by the bar not only missed an opportunity to see a band utilising maraca’s to their full extent but also also a band that gave 100% and would have given more if mathematically possible. Their final track of the evening ‘Roswell’ was an exhausting spectacle, for the band and audience alike. It bodes well for the bands forthcoming LP ‘Secret Life’ (out on the 14th April).
Indie pop 5-piece ‘Alvvays’ were next to take the stage. They delivered an entertaining set with the glorious ‘Archie, Marry Me’ and ‘The Agency’ providing the loudest applause. The former really is starting to make waves in the UK and the live version deserves a far wider audience. The guy next to me announced to all “Marry Me … that’s a fucking Indie classic that is”. He may actually be right.
Except for the longest string change in musical history (I visited the toilet, grabbed a beer and obtained the football score from the security guard) the band effortlessly entertained. For me their self-titled album has always had a hardened edge to it that some may shun away from but its only when you see the band live that you realize just how approachable they are and their music is.
The bands tour continues apace. You a can see them at one of these venue and i thoroughly recommend you do…
30th January 2015 – Oxford, UK @ O2 Academy 2 BUY TICKETS