When I want to photograph the release show for the excellent Mountains Under Oceans I also caught Lifelines supporting them.
They were loud, aggressive and they had a couple of cool boxes to stand on. No scrims thankfully because those are the worst. So by and large, thumbs up from me.
I’m not a massive fan of the word “scene” when it comes to music. It’s not obvious what it really means in the context of underground music in 2015. Is your scene your city? The bands you sound like? Your country? The world? Your Facebook group? The people who actually come to your shows? The ones who buy records? The ones who click like?
Who knows? Who even cares. It’s simply a semantic argument about what support matters most. In fact, all that matters is support. Which is why the likes of “launch shows” are so important.
Blah blah something about how I first heard this band and why this show confirms those initial feelings etc. whatever.
Where bands start doesn’t really matter. It’s where they’re going. I’ve no interest in artist’s who lack ambition. Which isn’t to say I expect every band to want to fill stadiums, but I want them to have the ambition to play every show like it really matters. I want them to have the ambition to convince me of their own musical convictions.
King Tut’s has certainly earned it’s reputation over the years, but at the same time it’s also been years since I’ve seen a gig worthy of that reputation in King Tuts. Last night turned out to be one of those gigs.