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I arrived at Be At One, a venue I’d never been to before, just in time to catch Slydigs getting on stage. Be At One is a very small venue. The stage was just about big enough for the band!
Slydigs were one of the bands I was really looking forward to see at Camden Rocks because I’d never seen them live before and also I recently bought their new EP “How Animal Are You?” and I love it 🙂
They played for half an hour in front of a crowd who were singing and dancing along. Their high energy rock and roll music really does make you want to move along to it, and the band play with a lot of passion and energy. I really enjoyed their gig. Highlights for me were “How Animal Are You?”, “Electric Love”, and “To Catch a Fading Light”. Try to catch them live if you can; there’s a real feel-good energy to their music.
The band have just finished a UK tour. Next week they’ll be on tour in Europe.
When I was leaving the venue after the Slydigs show, I bumped into the Dirty Thrills boys 🙂 They were standing outside Be At One. We had a lovely chat, which included veiled threats from the band members to kill me if I didn’t attend their show at 9 p.m. 🙂 But seriously, I told them I was torn between seeing them and seeing The Virginmarys who were playing at the same time. I had a real dilemma, because they’re both favourite bands of mine. I first met Dirty Thrills when I went to their show at Proud Camden back in April 2015 and have been to a few of their shows since then. They’re an amazing live band. They’ve come a long way since I first saw them live; I think there were maybe a handful of fans there to see them at that show, but now they are wowing crowds all over the UK and Europe with their awesome bluesy rock and roll, and they’ve just signed an international recording contract.
On Saturday, the boys told me that they are releasing a new album in September. I am very excited about that! If you haven’t heard their debut album, grab a copy from iTunes, or via their website. You won’t regret it. It’s one of the best debut albums out there. They also have a few brilliant EPs. Check them out.
After saying goodbye to Dirty Thrills, I went to see the next band on my list.
Reverend and the Makers
Reverend and the Makers were playing at KOKO at 6.45 p.m. I’d been to that venue many years ago to see Testament, but haven’t been since. It’s changed a lot. It seems much bigger inside now. There was quite a crowd making their way into the venue to see Reverend and the Makers.
I’d never seen them live before but I’ve always loved their hit “Heavyweight Champion of the World”, so I thought it would be good to check them out. I’m glad I went to see the show. The lead singer was quite heavy-handed in his attempts at getting the crowd to participate, but his sustained cajoling seemed to have the desired effect with most people joining in. The band delivered an entertaining set. They have some great songs that make you want to dance. Reverend and the Maker have a really unique and instantly recognisable sound and are definitely worth seeing live.
The band have a new album coming out soon. They played some new stuff at the gig and it sounded good.
They’ve just announced an autumn UK tour. Tickets here: http://www.gigsandtours.com/tour/reverend-and-the-makers
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Thunder on the Left
I’ve been following Thunder on the Left online for a while, so decided to catch their show at Belushi’s at 8 p.m. It’s a small venue and not one I’d been to before.
I’m not very familiar with Thunder on the Left’s music, so wouldn’t be able to tell you what songs they played, but I can say that they play with a lot of passion! They have quite an original style, heavy with an alternative rock/experimental sound. The lyrics also play an important part in their songs. It was a short set but an enjoyable one. Definitely a band to watch.
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Dirty Thrills were due to play a half hour set at Be At One at 9 p.m. It was conveniently just across the road from Belushi’s where I’d just seen Thunder on the Left.
The stage at Be At One was a bit too small for Dirty Thrills. I think they could have easily filled a venue twice the size, so it did get a bit cramped in there. I found that I had just enough space to stand and not really any dancing room 😦 . Dirty Thrills are a band who make full use of the stage when they play, so it was slightly restrictive for them. By the end of the show, Jack Fawdry (guitar) had climbed up onto the sofa on the side of the stage and was playing his guitar up there 🙂 .
Despite the tiny stage, the band played with their usual energy and passion. They kept the crowd hooked. Dirty Thrills are a must-see live band.
As well as playing four of their most popular tracks: “No Resolve”, “Follow Me Home”, and “Sigh” (from their debut album), and “Feeling” from their “Sweetheart of the Slums” EP, the band treated fans to a couple of new songs: “I’ll Be With You” and “Go Slow” started the set and they sounded great.
The band’s new album, “Heavy Living”, is due to be released in September. The first single,“Law Man”, is featured on Classic Rock Magazine‘s June issue cover mount CD!
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Look out for the final part of my Camden Rocks Festival highlight, coming soon.