Before I headed to The Social I popped by Pure Groove to see Three Trapped Tigers. Things at Pure Groove rarely start on time, so I sat down on the sofa and waited for everything to be ready. 20 minutes late, the band finally started. I was too lazy to remove myself from the comfy sofa, so I didn’t take any pictures. The band were noisy and the drummer was great, but I found myself battling to stay awake during their last few songs. Probably because the sofa was so comfy.
Instead of walking all the way across town, I was lazy and got the tube. The wind was really piercing right through me and turning me into an icy icy icicle. Brrrr.
The first band on were called Lulu and the Lampshades. They were absolutely brilliant. Really fun upbeat pop music with toy piano, ukulele and melodica. They reminded me a bit of Peggy Sue at times. They had a couple of dancing lampshades standing down in front of the audience. The lampshades were a pair of girls in body suits with helmets with lampshades attached on top of their heads. They did some fun bopping and for the last song the were alternating switching their lights on and off in time with the music. Go to their Myspace and listen to Elastic Limbs. They are really fun live, catch them if you can.
I actually wonder how much of the audience were there for the music and how many were there just because they knew the bands. There was a rotating bunch of people down the front, changing after each band. Down the front for Lulu and the Lampshades was some drunk guy who was friends with the band. He had a stupid hat on and a really nice camera set up. It pains me inside a bit when I see someone with some really nice kit just waving it around and blindly aiming the camera about. It wouldn’t of bothered me but he was really rude and talked through the other bands’ sets, which does bother me.
The chatter clearly bothered Laura Hocking alot, too. The audience were very noisy throughout her whole set, she even asked to quiet it down a bit. Her attempts to get people to shut up were futile, the chatter would die down for a minute then rise back up. I’d love to hear her play somewhere quieter, because she’s got a really lovely voice. When I first listened to her I thought she sounded like Emmy. She kind of does, she has the same wordy verses and choruses, but she has her own sound. Her last song was called Lola B’s Got Ultrazoom, she introduced it as ‘a song for stalkers’. I really like that song, and the line ‘I am going to take pictures of you and there’s nothing on earth you can do‘. This should be my theme tune. Its a great song, hear it on LastFm and go see her live.
Next up were Broadcast 2000. Joe even noted how annoying the crowd were for Laura Hocking’s set. The band were fun, as usual. Their glock player is great, tapping on the walls and doing some great solos. The band only played for about 25 minutes. They left the stage and there was no clap for an encore, but the band came back anyway, Joe noting ‘you need to clap more’. So they returned and did a brilliant cover of Like I Love You by Justin Timberlake. It was great and wrapped up the evening nicely.