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Camden Crawl 2012: Day 1 – Luke’s Roundup

 
By on Tuesday, 15th May 2012 at 1:00 pm
 

Camden has always been known for music. From the hallowed venues of The Underworld and Electric Ballroom, to the local legend of Amy Winehouse, music has been the beating heart of the Town for years. To celebrate this heritage, the concept of Camden Crawl was produced. Now in its eleventh year, the annual 2-day festival has invaded no less than 27 venues hosting over 100 artists for 16 hours a day. It’s hectic, intense, and eye-opening; what else would you expect?

Kicking off the Saturday are the London-bred purveyors of Rancid-esque ska-punk Imperial Leisure. Almost filling the Wheelbarrow at the unholy gigging hour of 1 PM is no mean feat, but the skankers – young and old – are supporting some of the finest local music on display today. Managing to cram an eight-piece band on the tiny stage, including a three-piece brass section (which, incidentally, the band hasn’t had fully for years), frontman Denis Smith stands aloft pumping out crowd-pleasers ‘Man on the Street’ and the sing-along favourite ‘Landlord’s Daughter’. After half an hour of early afternoon beer chugging and foot stomping, it’s back into the daylight for another round.

All the way at the other end of Camden High Street is the Roundhouse, that today is showcasing an abundance of calmer musical outfits. Winchester’s This is the Kit‘s serene, ambient acoustics float over the 100 or so people gathered in the upstairs room. Initially the shows at the Roundhouse were scheduled to take place outside, but thanks to the lovely English weather it’s been relocated. Although the band are five-piece, today they’re a duo. The delightfully heartfelt, majestic tones fill the room that is sat on the floor soaking up the banjo and guitar like a hippy commune: if a drum circle were to start, no-one would bat an eyelid. It’s a fantastic juxtaposition to the hustle and bustle of the streets below that are just getting started.

Over at Koko, the biggest venue of the weekend, XFM’s John Kennedy is hosting Xposure, highlighting some of the hottest UK acts today. Headlining the first half of Saturday’s showcase are the incredible instrumentals of Three Trapped Tigers. Described by the Guardian as “A garage band bashing their way through Aphex Twin”, the London trio power their way through an 8-bit tinged, bass heavy assault. Reeking of dubstep dirt undertowed by rib-shaking bass, Three Trapped Tigers blast through 30 minutes of new material before uttering a single word to the pumped crowd. Sounding like the bastard child of Sabrepulse and 65DaysOfStatic, the futuristic noise and blinding strobe lights are reminiscent of the rave scene in The Matrix: Reloaded. As the three-piece keep lashing out on their keys and effects pedals – to the tune of Sonic being bitch-slapped by a subwoofer – the music suddenly stops and the house lights come up. It’s over, leaving Koko in a dazed but wholly satisfied state of deafness.

After a much needed break for food and yet more beer, Camden is ready for the evening. Taking to the stage at the most metal venue in town – The Underworld – Brontide are serving mesmerising post-rock opuses to hundreds of onlookers. The darlings of Holy Roar move seamlessly between twinkly soft sections and ball-busting, heavy breakdowns – they even throw in a few bars of ‘No Sleep ‘Til Brooklyn’ during ‘MFBT’ for MCA. Flirting with ideas of metal and prog, the driving force behind the three-piece is the drummer Will Bowerman (who also moonlights for La Roux). The big, pounding drums ricochet off the walls of The Underworld as the guitars drown the audience and prove the London favourites still have more to offer.

Down the road at Dingwalls, one of the most hyped bands of the day are treating the three-quarters’ full room to a half hour of light-hearted, Caribbean vibes. Theme Park‘s dancey tones flow with a summery feel akin to ‘English Riviera’ era Metronomy. Despite having four string-players on stage, the delicate nature of the London quintet sounds as though only one guitar is playing. Combine this with the minimal drums and you’re left with a soft, yet uplifting sound. Strumming their way through the likes of ‘Milk’ and ‘Wax’, set-closer ‘Two Hours’ leaves a smile on everyone’s face.

Ending the first day’s festivities are the Japanese purveyors of psychedelia, Bo Ningen (pictured at top). Since moving to London, the erratic J-rock meets hardcore quartet have been carving a niche for themselves across the city for the past few years. Tonight their domain is a packed-to-the-rafters sweatbox called the Monarch that has bodies crammed into every corner vying for a view. Merging the styles of Deep Purple and The Mars Volta, with hints of everyone else in between, Bo Ningen highlight the versatility of Camden Crawl.

Delayed Japanese vocals echo over the frenzied guitar and drums that are thrashed out with all the intensity of a car crash. The band have a real adoration for their craft and aren’t in it for the fame – it’s a very niche audience. As the ethos of chaos leaks from the stage to the floor, the beer-drenched pit full of shape throwers and party goers get the floor bouncing. The performance culminates in a flurry of free jazz, prog, metal, kraut-rock and funk that transcends into a hypnotic breakdown that never knowingly feels like ending. But for Camden it has come to an end, for Saturday at least. Tomorrow brings on another day of new music from varying ends of the spectrum to devastate venues all over the music capital of London.

Stay tuned for Luke’s review of Sunday at Camden Crawl coming soon.

 

Three Trapped Tigers / May 2011 UK Tour

 
By on Tuesday, 15th March 2011 at 9:30 am
 

London electronic band Three Trapped Tigers will be going on tour in the UK in May. Grab their new track ‘Cramm’ on this previous MP3 of the Day post on TGTF.

Wednesday 11th May 2011 – Colchester Arts Centre
Saturday 14th May 2011 – Brighton Great Escape Festival
Sunday 15th May 2011 – Southampton Talking Heads
Monday 16th May 2011 – Cambridge Portland
Wednesday 18th May 2011 – Birmingham Hare and Hounds
Thursday 19th May 2011 – Cardiff Buffalo Bar
Friday 20th May 2011 – Liverpool Kazimer
Saturday 21 May 2011 – Glasgow GSA (Stag and Dagger)
Sunday 22 May 2011 – Newcastle Head Of Steam
Monday 23 May 2011 – Manchester Night and Day
Tuesday 24 May 2011 – Sheffield Harley
Wednesday 25 May 2011 – Leeds Nation Of Shopkeepers
Thursday 26 May 2011 – Preston Mad Ferret
Friday 27 May 2011 – Bristol Start The Bus
Saturday 28 May 2011 – Glynde Place Meadowlands Festival
Tuesday 31 May 2011 – London Cargo

 

MP3 of the Day #306: Three Trapped Tigers

 
By on Friday, 11th March 2011 at 10:00 am
 

In the mood for something electronic to round off the end of your week? Let your ears loose on this track from London trio Three Trapped Tigers called ‘Cramm’. You can stream it for free but you can download it for the incredibly low price of exchanging your email.

The band’s debut album, ‘Route One or Die’, will be released on 30 May but can be preordered here.


Cramm by Three Trapped Tigers

 

Three Trapped Tigers / April 2010 UK Tour

 
By on Friday, 12th March 2010 at 11:00 am
 

London electronic rock band Three Trapped Tigers are hitting the road this April in support of their newest effort ‘EP3’. Check out the video for ‘6’ below and go see them in a town near you!

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QjxFJB_ws5Y[/youtube]

Friday 23rd April 2010 – Cardiff, Arts Institute
Saturday 24th April 2010 – Bristol, Start The Bus (Tickets)
Sunday 25th April 2010 – Manchester, DEAF Institute (Tickets)
Monday 26th April 2010 – Edinburgh, Electric Circus (Tickets)
Tuesday 27th April 2010 – Birmingham, Hare & Hounds (Tickets)
Wednesday 28th Apr 2010 – Brighton, Freebutt (Tickets)
Thursday 29th Apr 2010 – London, Institute of Contemporary Arts (Tickets)

Talons is the support act for this tour.

 
 
 

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