My first visit to Camden’s Electric Ballroom was a very positive one. I went to see one band I’ve known for a few years (The Dangerous Summer), a band I’d only recently started listening to (The Swellers) and a band I’d already seen live and loved the new direction they’d taken (Deaf Havana).
All three bands were excellent, but the atmosphere too was insane. The audience was mainly 16-22 year old rockers and the like, as it often is, and they did not disappoint either.
The show kicked off with a The Dangerous Summer set that was unfortunately not too well known by the audience. Nonetheless, the band put in a stellar performance, and the songs sounded great. The highlights had to be The Permanent Rain (my favourite TDS song) and No One’s Gonna Need You More, a song off their recent album, War Paint. 7/10
Then came The Swellers, a band I did not know too well. Their songs, however, sounded familiar after I’d bought their new album (Good for Me) on the cheap a few weeks in advance. Most of the set list was from that album, as it happens, and the atmosphere was, appropriately (for the venue name), electric, making for a great performance from the Michigan outfit. 7.5/10
Last but certainly not least came Deaf Havana. When I saw them for the first time, back in October 2010 (for a measly £8, with two excellent supports, I might add) they had a screamer in the band and music that was primarily screaming. Unbelievably, I didn’t know much of their stuff before that gig, but there were some memorable songs back then and I ended up really liking their music, despite not normally liking screaming. But the band lost Ryan Mellor, the screamer, and instead took a different, more rocky and acousticcy path, leading to the much anticipated release of Fools and Worthless Liars, an excellent album by anyone’s standards. Most of the songs played in Camden were off that new album, but a couple of the old classics were played (sin the screaming), and they were Friends Like These and Nicotine and Alcohol Saved My Life. It was a completely different experience. I must admit, I think I prefer those two songs with screaming, but the new album certainly without. During Little White Lies, the female vocals could not be heard because of a technical failure, and this was certainly a disappointment, but did not ruin the show by any means. 8.5/10
Overall, I thought it was a thoroughly enjoyable gig and I think everyone else enjoyed it just as much as me. If you haven’t heard of any of these bands, and are into rock music, I certainly recommend you give them a listen.