Live Review
Male Bonding
CAMP, Old Street

Photography by Owen Richards

There are balloons tied to every speaker and doorway with smudgy chocolate cake sloping over by the entrance. If that doesn’t scream celebration, then Male Bonding jumping on stage raring to showcase their debut LP ‘Nothing Hurts’ certainly does.

Dressed in their best, which in this case means denim shirt (Robin Christian, drums), tank-tee with woolly hat (John Webb, vox/guitar) and a scruffy blonde bob (Kevin Hendrick, vox/bass), they run through the entire album, in order. The tracks are a hasty blur through the fuzz of blaring speakers and ears of drunken listeners, shifting their shoulders erratically from side to side in a zombie-like dance. Opener ‘Years Not Long’ has a tropical twist with the most upbeat vocals and ‘Franklin’ slows things down a touch, but this Dalston trio are relentless. Just when you think you’ve no more energy to give, this garage-punk band throw out more. It’s fast, thick-riffed, heavy and an incredibly pleasing and versatile chaos.

By D. K. Goldstein


Originally published in issue 18 (vol 3) of Loud And Quiet. June 2010