On Thursday we met up with some friends for a few pints at the Old Blue Last before venturing down to CAMP Basement to see Wetdog and Cloud Nothings. Sadly Wetdog cancelled but the Cloud Nothings from Ohio more than made up for it. Not really knowing what to expect of them, as we'd only heard a few song before hand and barely remembering them, we took a serious punch to the gut by a simply stunning live performance. Wow, fucking wow. The band, and particularly the drummer who mangled the drum kit to bits, thrashed and twisted noise into pop songs like it was the last rock'n'roll concert on earth. Really impressive and fun and we can't recommend enough that you go see them if you can.
Video: Cloud Nothings - All The Time | Cloud Nothings - Turning On | Cloud Nothings - Can't Stay Awke
|Photo by Sumire|
Saturday, after some shopping and recharging (Cheese strings!) and visiting Sex Beet doing a DJ-set at Top Shop where the staff didn't seem to appreciate their selection of pop tunes, we ended up back in Stoke Newington to witness the release of the long awaited Pheromoans LP. After finding some seriously great and sold out records and spending a fortune at the mini distro set up in a dark corner the best band in the world took the stage. Yes, we're talking about La La Vasquez of course. Sporting So Tough! So Cute! badges for the night the band, with a seriously pissed off looking Freya, took the stage and played an, at times pretty dance inducing, set as they strolled along post-punk baselines and shambolic guitar pop hooks and drums that recalled Shop Assistants and Beat Happening. Very lovely.
Video: La La Vasquez - Goddess | La La Vasquez - Buoy | La La Vasquez - Not Right | La La Vasquez - Horror | La La Vasquez - Thinking Is Easy
|La La Vasquez setlist|
Sunday brought the last day of the London Popfest where we had hoped to be knocked out by the Notes who had a really good record out last year (On double 10" LP! How great is that!) but either somebody forgot to plug them in or the ringing in our ears from the previous nights of rawkin' took over because the band, which barely moved to and were to modestto ask for the crowds attention sadly just disappeared on the Lexington stage. A shame as the Notes where the band we'd looked forward seeing the most. Youngfuck were a pleasant surprise with their St Etienne sounding pop but again, they also just disappeared and only got our attention when the beats got going and grabbed us by the private parts, very politely we must add, and asked us to dance. After that the hunger and hangover took over and we went for pizza wondering if a crowd standing in your face in a tiny smelly basement would have made the Notes and Youngfuck being a bit more fun and exciting on stage.
All in all a fantastic weekend and we hope to see you at the next So Tough! So Cute! in Stoke Newington on 25th March