Live Review
Old Blue Last, Shoreditch

In last month’s issue of Loud And Quiet, facts we learnt about drum’n’organ duo Peepholes included how petrified synth player Nick can get when onstage and how drummer Kat’s biggest concern is her “drum mouth” (the uncontrollable contortions of any lips, tongue and teeth setup once sat behind a kit). This evening, as they show up headliners Gentle Friendly (which is less a slight on that duo’s squealing, loopy set, and more a indication of just how good Peepholes are), Nick appears not too shit scared and it’s Kat’s drum hands that we’re all looking at, not her mouth.

This is because – impressively, having taught herself to play on the kind of novelty Yamaha pad set your mum would never buy you from Argos – she’s a beastly drummer, all rumbling floor toms and tribal grooves that offset her effected, delayed vocals. Nick sings too but it certainly sounds like there’s more than a couple of people up there as a wash of static hangs on the air and Nick rapidly flicks analogue notes with his index and middle finger as if playing an old athletics game on some defunct consol. And by the time we reach the closing ‘Carnivore’ – a queasy, never-ending, industrial jam that’s not done justice on the band’s new mini LP ‘Kingdom’ – we’ve learnt a lot more about Peepholes. Namely that it’s the bands following them that should be scared.

By Stuart Stubbs


Originally published in issue 22 (vol 3) of Loud And Quiet. October 2010