Krakatoa,Thee Spivs Live Review @ The Legion (London) - 27 Jul 2009
Monday 27th July was a night to savour - a single launch night for a new London band signed to a new London-based record label. Look at the above statement - we are in the middle of an economic crisis and some bright spark starts a label....with 10 bands signed to it....mad? Not on the strength of tonight's blistering performance! 360degreemusic looks like a good bet for longevity.
Krakatoa are a young, yet far from naive 5 piece, who have gathered a swathe of disciples from various steaming live appearances across the capital and are now ready and primed to show their volcanicity.....by releasing their debut single and having the cheek to call it "Rock N Roll Revolution". The first words of the song start with "It's about time..." and it feels like it is just that here in deepest Old Street at the Legion.
The bar nods approvingly to support act The Spivs but then ascends into fevered, drunken but not boorish terrace-styled bouncing as Krakatoa unleash a rather lovely racket that takes in influences from The Who (the lead guitarist looks like Phil Daniel's twin I kid you not), The Kinks, Arctic Monkeys and Oasis plus a bit of fingers-up ballsiness that only the South of the river can produce on a grumpy Monday. The single was keenly received as well as the other dozen or so songs spread across 2 sets......and therein lies my problem....they were so good during the first half that I stayed to see the second part and ended up missing my tube, getting on the correct night bus and walking the chicken-shop parade of doom in Dalston looking for a south-bound bus back to my neck of the woods. What a great night - pounding music and energy to make you forget where you are and where you come from. They had me all in a lava.....
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