Tag: Electric Ballroom

OCTAVIAN, Electric Ballroom – Evening Standard, 28 Sept 2018

The last time I saw a queue snaking this far down Camden High Street, Prince was playing at the Electric Ballroom. Octavian, who is not one of Jacob Rees-Mogg’s children but a France-born, south London-raised rapper also known as Oliver Godji, first had to upgrade this show from the smaller Village Underground venue, then come on half an hour late… Read more →

HMLTD, Electric Ballroom – Evening Standard, 25 Oct 2017

When the UK’s biggest music stars, Ed Sheeran and Adele, have made such a virtue of their normality, it was inevitable that a band like HMLTD would come along. Six fabulous freaks boasting more make-up than a flagship branch of Boots, operating out of (where else?) east London, they’ve earned a reputation as a must-see live spectacle after just three… Read more →

KURT VILE, Electric Ballroom – Evening Standard, 13 Nov 2015

Kurt Vile may look as though he fell out of bed and accidentally sold lots of records, but beneath the spaniel hair and slacker drawl is a sharp songwriting mind and possibly a sensible business plan. The Philadelphian has been doing better and better, recently finding that his sixth solo album and its wayward apostrophes, B’lieve I’m Goin Down[CORRECT], is… Read more →

DRENGE, Electric Ballroom – Evening Standard, 22 April 2015

Ever obtuse, just as Drenge were shaping up to follow Royal Blood and become the next big hard rock duo, they went and got themselves a bassist. Joining Peak District brothers Eoin and Rory Loveless, Rob Graham has filled out a sound that has grown from murky grunge beginnings towards something more taut and focused and even, with the frenetic… Read more →

THE AFGHAN WHIGS, Electric Ballroom – Evening Standard, 16 July 2014

Seemingly, every decades-old American indie band of decent cult status is back and playing the favourites. Ohio’s Afghan Whigs, who first thrived alongside but not strictly as part of the grunge scene, already did that two years ago. That might have been that, but bandleader Greg Dulli still has more to say. Now they’re a going concern again, albeit with… Read more →

JAMES, Electric Ballroom – Evening Standard, 29 May 2014

Although pretty much every band is currently on the reformation trail today, there aren’t that many that strive to stay relevant. Manchester septet James, together again since 2007, arrived at this show straight from playing their 23-year-old biggest hit, Sit Down, on The One Show. If that suggested over-reliance on past glories, it wasn’t reflected here, where they stated their… Read more →

FUTURE ISLANDS, Electric Ballroom – Evening Standard, 8 May 2014

It’s been a long time coming but Future Islands are having their moment and it was a pleasure to see. “This is our 15th, 16th, 17th time in London?” queried the Baltimore trio’s singer Samuel T Herring, surely aware that the vast majority of this sizeable audience had never seen his band before. The reason for the change in fortune… Read more →

PRINCE & 3RDEYEGIRL, Electric Ballroom – Evening Standard, 6 Feb 2014

After Tuesday’s midnight “soundcheck”, last night Prince and his new band were back in Camden for the real thing: the first stop on a “Hit and Run” tour that he has said will last “until people don’t want to hear us anymore.” That could be quite some time. Having stood for most of the day along a High Street that… Read more →