Saturday, November 01, 2008
Last week I caught the indie rock triple threat of Times New Viking, No Age and Los Campesinos! as they made a stop in London at the Electric Ballroom on their Shred Yr Face tour.
Los Campesinos! were technically the headliners and the Ballroom represented their largest indoor gig yet. Unfortunately, the venue sucks balls. It's got the ambiance of an airplane hangar, multiple leaks in the roof and dismal acoustics. Plus the door staff didn't seem to know how the guest list or online ticketholders should be dealt with, forcing everyone to line up together one giant queue. In any case, all three bands were solid and played lengthy sets. Cardiff indie poppers Los Campesinos! offered up a number of songs from new album We Are Beautiful We Are Doomed (released October 27th) along with a handful of classic cuts from debut Hold On Now, Youngster... and all were well-received by the jubilant crowd.
In my humble opinion Times New Viking's performance was the most engaging, but then again they are one of my absolute favourite bands so I'm probably biased. Oh yeah, and No Age were great as well.
Los Campesinos! - We Are Beautiful We Are Doomed
Times New Viking - Drop-Out
Times New Viking - Mean God
No Age - Eraser
Gareth of Los Campesinos! rocking out with Times New Viking: