The Clash Saturday Social went off with a bang last weekend, with three bands ramming the Notting Hill Arts Club’s RoTa afternoon to its proverbial rafters.
Click HERE for photographs from the show.
Clash manned the decks throughout, while the punters – taking advantage of the club’s free-entry policy – enjoyed the happy hour bar prices prior to the arrival of our first act, Brontide.
The instrumental trio’s melding of Battles complexities and metal heaviness wowed the crowd, many of whom were hypnotised by the band’s meandering riffs, looped one on top of the other. Drummer William Bowerman, formerly of I Was A Cub Scout, gave the band’s sound a fantastically adventurous element, his jazz-like technique a clear edge the group are looking to exploit. For a first-on act, they impressed superbly.
Three Trapped Tigers are a band Clash has already had many great things to say about – they were featured in our Nine For 2009 series (interview HERE). Playing tracks from their self-titled EP, their live-band take on progressive IDM textures was a joy to witness – many a mouth was seen uttering the word “amazing” from Clash’s perch at the DJ booth. Put simply, TTT were incredible, a true revelation – do not miss them the next time they’re playing near you.
Our headliners The Invisible are already picking up a head of critical-praise steam in the run up to the release of their self-titled album, with some journalists completely bowled over by their lead single, ‘London Girl’. The great song’s one of many played at the Saturday Social, and all meet with a great reception from the assembled throng. Compared to TV On The Radio, the band have a degree of hype to make good on, but don’t fall at all short during a set that serves to put the icing on a most delicious live music cake.
The next Clash Saturday Social @ RoTa (Notting Hill Arts Club, 21 Notting Hill Gate, London W11 3JQ) is on February 28 and features Micachu, The Old Romantic Killer Band, Favours For Sailors and Left With Pictures. Entry is free and the club runs between 4pm and 8pm.
Click HERE for photographs from January’s show.
Photo: Holly Erskine