It’s not a good time for London music venues – the Astoria is to shut
down to make way for a new rail link (cheers, then), as is The Metro
Club, and if that’s not bad enough, someone decided to burn down
Nambucca in Holloway Road this week.
All of these venues have a special place in my heart; the Astoria was
where I have seen a string of classic gigs including Arcade Fire,
Divine Comedy, Gene’s final show, Fountains of Wayne and Suede.
The Metro Club was where I almost spilt a round of drinks when I
literally bumped into Morrissey at a gig by The Boyfriends, and
Nambucca is where I actually first saw the aforementioned band, who
are sadly no longer with us.
It’s a sad state of affairs – soon there won’t be any individual,
atmospheric London venues left, just horrible, new soulless places
that are sponsored by lager brands or mobile phone network providers.
Anyway, before it’s too late, get yourself down to Metro on December
23, to see one of our current favourite London bands play – indie
electro blues duo Sixty Second Silence.
With influences as diverse as Pixies, The Cure, Led Zep, The Small
Faces, Hot Chip and LCD Soundsystem, they make a hell of a racket for
Just lately, they sound like The White Stripes and Second Coming-era
Stone Roses jamming with New Order. Yup – told you they were good.
Sequencer lines and tight as f*** drumming collides with dirty blues
guitar riffs, moody, retro keyboard sounds and ’80s overcoat misery.
Earlier in the year, PopJunkie described them as:”Indie meets electro
in a totally non-contrived way…just wicked little loops, rock ‘n’
roll guitars and banging drums”.
Pray silence, please.