Los Campesinos! – Shepherds Bush Empire, NME Awards Show, February 2nd

(Long overdue, here are a couple of the pieces I submitted for Electric Magazine. I have a fantastic piece I’m working on at the minute (if I do say so myself) so make sure you check the magazine out on Facebook, and get involved!)

Having never experienced Grouplove before, it certainly was an experience seeing them for the first time on such a momentous night. Sounding very much like Arcade Fire, which is never a bad thing in my book, and promoting their new EP, the standout track being Colours which was an ethereal mix of hypnotic sounds that automatically has me hooked.

Now onto the second support of the night, Summer Camp, whose songs of love and desperation have a soft spot in my heart. Showcasing tracks firm their Young EP, even treating the crowd to a brand new track. Ghost Train and Veronica Sawyer went down particularly well, and Losing My Mind even encouraged a dance along from various sections of the crowd.

And finally onto the headline act of the night. Anyone that knows me will know what a huge fan I am of Los Campesinos! They are a band that have the ability to go from twee pop to more serious, grown up music in a heartbeat. Opening with one of their darkest tracks, In Media Res, the crowd chanted along in unison fro the off. Giving the crowd everything they wanted, including a mix of tracks from both albums (and lest we forget the Extended EP), new songs were also thrown into the mix, including Four Seasons, which is soon to be available on the first instalment of Heat Rash. At times the sound was not the best quality, but being the band’s largest ever UK headline show it managed not to dampen the mood. Choosing to end with Sweet Dreams, Sweet Cheeks, the bands triumphant set ended with the entire crowd continuing the final chorus until the band returned for the encore.

An emotionally charged night, with Gareth afterwards even remarking that tears were shed when he heard “And you could never kiss a Tory boy without wanting to cut out your tongue again” sung back to him by 1000 plus people who put every sentiment into those words, showing their devotion to the cause. And I’m proud to say that I was one of those people.

 

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