Post by incoasterble on Sept 16, 2014 18:11:36 GMT
Camden's Nightmare Festival - 01-Nov-14
The Lexington - 27-Nov-14
I have just booked for Nightmare, which promises to be a fab day given Blood Red Shoes are also on the bill, and I'm sure there will be some gems to be found amongst the swathe of more up-and-coming bands on showcase.
Howling Bells' set in Dingwalls, and indeed the Camden Nightmare festival as a whole, was a pleasure to attend by all accounts. The weather granting a comparative warmth, and a decent but not crushing crowd in attendance, some in Halloween costume made for a pleasant atmosphere. It was cool and a little unusual to see the band dressed up with spooky styled makeup, and Juanita looking as delightful as ever in her dress. They played a set similar to the one they toured with, the sound was good and conveyed the level of attention to detail one might expect from a headline set despite the relative limitations in time and equipment brought about by it being a set in a festival.. It was great to see the more eclectic crowd all reacting so well to the music. The headliners Blood Red Shoes went 'all out' with the costumes and performed brilliantly, also worth a mention was the set from 'The Red Paintings' who hail from Geelong, Victoria and passionately deliver 'orchestral art rock' whilst clothed in lavish 'sea creature' themed costumes, and even employ a couple of live painters - and a 'human canvas' - on stage. 'Knifeworld' were also a fascinating find, and worth seeing if only for being comically unusual and incorporating a bassoon. I must give special mention to Joel's solo project, Glassmaps; whose act has really developed since the opening sets on the HB tour earlier this year. The songs, and the band's musical approach, whilst still feeling quite 'new' seems a lot more grounded now. The songs kept my, and the slowly growing audience's attention undivided: the songs are very catchy and incorporate some really good riffs, and the lyrics and style convey a sense of hazy optimism that is likable and easy to and associate with. I really do believe that Glassmaps is onto something good as I don't so often come across something where I can see it having genuine appeal to such a wide, even universal spectrum of people. Glassmaps play a weekly residency in Islington at the Buffalo Bar, I'd be sure to go along if I lived in town. And don't forget Howling Bells are headlining at The Lexington on Thursday 27th November!