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Live Review: Red Light Company @ London Camden Barfly

 
By on Tuesday, 12th August 2008 at 1:51 am
 

“So, erm, this is a song about death!” mumbled Richard Frenneaux, lead singer of Red Light Company when introducing “With lights Out” last night at London’s Camden Barfly. Let’s be honest – as you may be able to tell from that little quote, they’re not a light hearted, fun band like the Hoosiers or We Are Scientists. However, what they lack in fun they more than make up for in depth and darkness, as they showed the packed Barfly.

Earlier in the evening A Silent Film had brought a hint of Keane and awful Dad dancing to the stage for the first support slot. Movie-esque music, layered and gorgeous, but ultimately nothing that Keane, Coldplay and Longview haven’t tried before. However, the one thing that Keane and others haven’t tried was their interesting cover of Underworld’s Born Slippy, which suddenly had a dreamy feel to it… interesting, thought it’d take a few more listens to get us really convinced that they can pull it off.

They were followed by the awful Holy Ghost Revival who seemed to just want to cause trouble with their “seen-it-all-before” 70’s rock rip-offs. Halfway through their set a waterfight broke out between crowd and band, leaving their keyboard temporarily broken and a 5 minute interlude, before they unfortunately resumed their noise. The only good thing was the fact that lead singer Mikko Freeman responded to hecklers: “Yes, we’re gay stoner cowboys! Finally, London gets us!” he remarked. Yes, and we wish you’d just go with the other cowboys.

At this point, our faith in the London music scene was diminishing rapidly, and an early night was on the cards. However, when Red Light Company finally took to the stage at 10pm, we were immediately enthralled. To describe their music as a mixture of Black-Market Music era Placebo, Interpol and Hot Fuss era Killers would be doing them an injustice – they’re more than the sum of their parts, darker and catchier than many bands out there.

Frenneaux appeared distant throughout the set not really interacting at all, seemingly pre-occupied with other things, but managed to fill the stage with his gaunt frame. Surely he’s got to be a shoe-in for Brian Molko’s replacement for confused teenagers across the UK now that Molko has gone all disco-dance on us? Time will tell.

Previous single “Scheme Eugene” was thrown in early in the set, giving Frenneaux and bassist Shawn Day a chance to show off their vocal skills, and a chance for an early rock-out. Current single “Meccano” went down a treat mid-set, having everyone singing along and really going for it, following on from airplay with Jo Whiley and Zane Lowe on Radio 1. Closing out their set, there were no theatrics, just a simple thank you and off they trundled to their next gig.

If they work on connecting with their audience a bit more, then surely mega-fame is just around the corner for Red Light Company.

Photos and stuff to follow.

 

Blood Red Shoes / October UK Tour

 
By on Tuesday, 13th May 2008 at 8:06 pm
 

Brighton rockers Blood Red Shoes have announced a new tour for October, playing their biggest shows yet.

Tickets for some dates are on sale now, priced around the £8 / £9 mark.

Monday 13th October – Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
Wednesday 15th October – Leeds Cockpit
Thursday 16th October – Manchester Academy
Saturday 18th October – Aberdeen Drummonds
Sunday 19th October – Glasgow King Tut’s
Monday 20th October – Newcastle Academy
Tuesday 21st October – Norwich Waterfront
Thursday 23rd October – Birmingham Academy
Friday 24th October – London Astoria

 

Bands to watch #20: Red Light Company

 
By on Wednesday, 2nd April 2008 at 7:22 pm
 

Red Light CompanyFresh from supporting previous “Band to watch” the Kissaway Trail and Editors at various points in the past few months, London’s Red Light Company are currently pounding the touring circuit around the UK, and hopefully will start making pretty massive waves in the UK music scene soon.

The five-piece sounds like the bastard lovechild of early Placebo and Suede bought up to date for the 00’s emo kids. Androgynous, powerful, driven and still full of emotion, Richard Frenneaux’s voice has at times the nasal whine of Brian Molko, at others the fragile-and-close-to-breaking shout of Win Butler.

Backed up by a deafening wall of guitars that you’ll either love or hate, their initial tracks up on their myspace are pretty strong for a debut, and are almost certainly the reason they were signed a couple of months ago to Lavolta Records.

Definately ones to be watching in the coming weeks and months, as they mature their sound and work on (hopefully) an album. Hopefully (from my perspective) they’ll grow to fill the void left by Placebo at the moment in the music industry.

After the jump: their halloween video, and tour dates for later this month and early May.

Continue reading Bands to watch #20: Red Light Company

 

Blood Red Shoes / Spring UK Tour

 
By on Tuesday, 12th February 2008 at 3:27 pm
 

Blood Red ShoesBrighton based Blood Red Shoes have announced a massive 19 date UK tour in March and April. The duo will release a new single, ‘Say Something, Say Anything’ on April 7 to coincide with the tour.

Wednesday 26th March – Stoke, Sugarmill
Thursday 27th March – Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
Friday 28th March – Birmingham, Barfly
Saturday 29th March – Leeds, Cockpit
Monday 31st March – Hull, Lamp
Tuesday 1st April – Norwich, Waterfront
Wednesday 2nd April – Northampton, Soundhaus
Thursday 3rd April – Oxford, Academy
Saturday 5th April – Tunbridge Wells, Forum
Sunday 6th April – Cambridge, Junction
Monday 7th April – Brighton, Komedia
Tuesday 8th April – Portsmouth, Wedgewood Rooms
Wednesday 9th April – London, Kings College
Saturday 12th April – Bristol, Thekla
Sunday 13th April – Liverpool, Barfly
Monday 14th April – Manchester, Academy 3
Wednesday 16th April – Newcastle, Academy 2
Thursday 17th April – Aberdeen, Kef
Friday 18th April – Glasgow, ABC 2

 

Gonzo 5th Birthday Tour / Bloc Party / Cribs / We Are Scientists + More

 
By on Wednesday, 12th September 2007 at 2:41 pm
 

Bloc PartyBelieve it or not, Gonzo on MTV2 is 5 years old this year. To celebrate, they’re doing a tour of Barfly venues around the UK, with some of the best bands of the moment. Catch Bloc Party, We Are Scientists (who are doing yet another UK show) and The Cribs amongst other bands at each of the dates.

The ever present Operator Please are openers for each date.

Tickets go on sale at 9am on

Friday 12th October – Birmingham BarflyFuneral For a Friend with The Dykeenies
Saturday 13th October – Cardiff BarflyThe Rumble Strips with Blood Red Shoes
Sunday 14th October – Camden BarflyBloc Party with Does it Offend You, Yeah?
Friday 19th October – Liverpool BarflyThe Cribs with Lightspeed Champion
Saturday 20th October – York FibbersJack Penate with Dan le Sac Vs Scoobius Pip
Sunday 21st October – Glasgow BarflyWe Are Scientists with Foals

Photo is taken from Shane Bee’s flickr stream under the creative commons license

 
 
 

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