Live Review: Blog Off!? with Starlings, Jazica and Victoria and Jacob at London’s Roundhouse Studios – Saturday 20th March 2010

By on Monday, 22nd March 2010 at 8:55 pm

Saturday night saw the first ever TGTF gig night take place at an absolutely rammed London’s Roundhouse Studios. So many of you braved the rain and all round miserable conditions to dance your socks off in the hot hot underground vaults, and for that we want to say a massive “thank you”. If you were there, you already know what happened. If you weren’t there… well, here’s what you missed:

First up were Victoria and Jacob, who were the perfect openers – quiet, chilled out and slightly eerie in the underground vaults of the Roundhouse, the two of them created some lovely tunes full of dreamy swirls and ghostly bips and bleeps. Halfway through their 25 minute set we were treated to a fantastic cover of The Church’s “Under the Milky Way” (not sure you’ve heard it? No, neither was I – but take a listen to the Donnie Darko soundtrack and you’ll catch it playing on the car radio just before the first encounter with “Grandma Death”). Forthcoming single “With No Certainty” sounds amazing live, the vulnerability and innocence of Victoria’s voice mixed with the sounds created by Jacob’s synths and samples making them a band to watch at the moment.

After a short break, the hyperactive Jazica bundled onto the stage, fronted by the ball of energy that’s Frankie. They were pretty amazing last October supporting Delphic, but on Saturday night they had enough enthusiasm to bring the house down. Songs like opener “Arp Attack” and “Illusions” start to sound like fully fledged pop anthems that the likes of Klaxons could only dream about for their second album. Chris Smallwood, their crazy-haired guitar, synth and electro beats maestro kept things going along nicely, clearly enjoying himself and looking every part the rockstar with shapes being pulled like no tomorrow whilst Kev on drums and Nick on bass kept everything together.

Finally, just after 10pm Starlings (pictured right) started off their set. Fresh from the news that they’ll be heading to the studio next week with Richard Norris (from 90’s legends The Grid), they were on top form bringing the temperature up quite significantly, bouncing away. Plenty of fists in the air moments that show how the band should be massive at this summer’s festivals if they play their cards right. They’ve got the sound that will appeal to fans of more laddish indie rock (The Automatic, Hard Fi etc) as well as those conneseurs of electro dance like Delphic thanks to the abundance of synthy goodness that has been growing in popularity of late. Their set passed by in a blur of sweat, anthems and jokey banter between songs from the guys.

Massive thanks should also go to Ou Est Le Swimming Pool and Miss Happ for DJing between sets, and keeping the tunes on rolling throughout the night.

The whole gig was filmed, and hopefully we’ll have some videos and glorious pictures to share with you shortly.

Live photos from Alison Monk

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One Response

9:51 pm
22nd March 2010

What a lovely review.

Thanks to all the bands, DJ’s and the crowd for getting involved. You made it all worth while and I hope you all enjoyed it as much as we did.

Emma (CIFD) x

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