Live Review: Van Susans with Lunar Pilots and Canvas Wall at London 100 Club – 22nd July 2011

By on Friday, 29th July 2011 at 2:00 pm

Photos by Tom Curtis

As the evening sun just stops sizzling people down Oxford Street, the humble 100 Club is heating up. Tonight is the night Van Susans release their new EP to their moderate but loyal fans. They might not be the most famous band to step up on the famed stage, but (if hype is to be believed) they could be. However, before tonight’s headliners celebrate their new release, Canvas Wall provide a polished indie rock set to the hundred or so attendees.

Despite not being the most outlandish band, they manage to get the crowd bouncing with their short but satisfying set. Defining their status as “not just another indie band”, Canvas Wall keep it upbeat and powerful throughout. The chanty choruses and at times dance-beat drums get the room dancing, creating a sauna inside the 100 Club. Ending on new single ‘Sooner Or Later’ and the singalong inducing ‘Don’t Look Down’, the London lads definitely won more fans here tonight.

Playing before tonight’s headliners are the not-so-exciting Lunar Pilots. The Essex quintet unfortunately don’t keep the momentum going after Canvas Wall. Their style of alternative rock rings out of the PA with as much effort as the band can muster, but the dancing feet of London have slowed and stopped on this occasion. Frontman Brien Edwards does his best to get the masses moving with ‘Black and Blue’, a song he declares “a song worth bouncing to”. Managing to cram in a healthy does of Essex alternative into their slot, the London masses await the arrival of tonight’s bill toppers.

As Van Susans take to the hallowed stage at the 100 Club there is an air of appreciation for the Bromley six-piece who treat their crowd to 45 minutes of hits. Tonight is their night – it’s the launch of their new EP – and judging by the response from the throng of the 100 Club, there will be many more. Utilising their musical arsenal to its full capacity, the sextet showcase both a violin and a piano. Despite their inclusion of a piano, they haven’t fallen into faux-emotive stadium rock territory – instead they keep it upbeat, tight and catchy. ‘Plans’ secures the band’s first singalong with the joyous chorus “One day we’ll get married on a hillside, so everyone can see…”, and the positivity generating in the audience only increases.

An original addition to the set comes in the form of a duel between Jesse May Smart on violin and Ed Dullaway on lead guitar. This proves popular with the fans who appreciate musicianship as well as a catchy pop song. Closing their EP launch party with another well constructed singalong and happy-clappy ‘Glow’. For what is essentially a party for Van Susans, it certainly ends as one. With the dancing and cheering continuing long after the band leave the stage, the band can call their release party an success. No doubt there’ll be an album launch soon.

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