Old Blue Last, Shoreditch
Tonight the crumbling Old Blue Last plays host to the launch of Dance Magic Dance’s jam-packed cassette compilation, so, rather fittingly, the line up is equally as crammed with bands that are given just fifteen minutes each. Opening are London three-piece Please, playing their first of two shows tonight and they manage to fuse together their obvious 60’s and 70’s influences to create something rather unique and noisy. With heavy guitar riffs and skull-bashing drumbeats, this modern-day, psych-rock garage band are fronted by lead singer/guitarist Keebie – a man who dresses as if he’s chartered his own yacht to east London and strops about the stage like a vibrant jack in the box. If nothing else, it distracts from the poor sound as the singer’s vocals are drowned out by the frenzied, fuzzy guitars. The issue is soon resolved and the venue begins to come alive, just in time for featured track ‘Sutton Hoodoo’ – a song of fast paced Arabian sounds that’s followed quickly by a cover of obscure 60’s French track ‘Ta Ta Ta Ta’. It’s a real shame that the set is so short but if these fifteen minuets are anything to go by the lucky punters at the next show are in for a treat.
By Sacha Shaikh
Originally published in issue 19 (vol 3) of Loud And Quiet. July 2010