The Blanche Hudson Weekend / Insect Guide @ The Wilmington, London
Mark Cousens stops by a venue in Angel to check out the moody garage rock of The Blanche Hudson Weekend...
It's a hot humid night in Farringdon and I've made the journey to The Wilmington, where The Blanche Hudson Weekend and more are playing for a night put on by Odd Box Records head honcho Trevor.
First up are MICKTRAVIS, formerly of indie poppers Tompaulin. Mick is a lone man with a guitar and, not having played for a while is understandably a little nervous.
Unfortunately this kind of set up typically doesn't do it for me (with the notable exceptions of Billy Bragg, Frank Turner and Carter USM's Jim Bob - and he doesn't match up to any of those). Though lyrically he seems quite good, the songs and vocals just don't pack enough punch.
A swift pint later and Insect Guide take the stage, a thrilling noise-pop act with a touch of the Velvets at their heaviest about them. Playing against a projection screen showing a well put together montage of images, the visuals compliment the dark, feedback strewn songs perfectly.
Boy Genius are over from Brooklyn for Indietracks but have stopped by at the Wilmington to thrill the crowd with their jangly indie pop. Well, at least that seemed to have been the plan. Sadly they don't have much in the way of stage presence which leaves this set a little on the dull side (don't let that put off buying their fantastic album though).
Last up are headliners The Blanche Hudson Weekend, featuring Caroline and Darren from Manhattan Love Suicides. The garage rockers play a blistering noisy set full of fuzzy guitars and killer tunes, including their latest EP 'The Rats In The Cellar'. All dressed in black and looking suitably moody, they're excellent. If there's a compaint, it's that they simply don't play for long enough.