Review: Noah and the Whale in Covent Garden

In keeping with it’s name, set up a last minute Noah and the Whale show in their Covent Garden store front. I’m getting a bit of a cold, I have a sore throat and my nose is runny. Clearly the only sensible thing to do is to walk across London for  35 minutes in the rain and the wind to get to Covent Garden. Oh, and I have a maths exam tomorrow. Wise.

So I got there and it was all posh and fancy and well lit in the shop. I felt a bit out of place. Noah and the Whale are one of those bands whose fanbase consist largely of young(er than me) teenage girls, mainly between the ages of 13-16. I’ve never been grabbed by Noah and the Whale but I’ve never seen them live either, so I thought it would be worth investigating.

They came on stage and the bassist sincerely apologized and said that they were only allowed to play 2 songs, even though they planned to play for about half an hour. So they played their songs and were done in about 10 minutes. I thought they were pleasant, nothing really hooked me though. I did think that the fiddle player was very good however, and without the fiddle the songs probably would have been very ordinary. Like I say, they are pleasant, but they left absolutely no lasting effect on me. I can’t even remember how their songs went (I have Tom Brosseau stuck in my head now). I’m sure they are all lovely people, and they seemed genuinely sorry they couldn’t play longer. Was it worth the walk? No. Do I regret going? No. Win/win situation.


3 Responses to Review: Noah and the Whale in Covent Garden

  1. Chalky March 3, 2009 at 8:28 pm #

    2 songs! I have to say I kinda glad I didn’t make the trip in but then I have further to go than you. Maybe they will play in their home town someday and then I can just walk down the street to see them :-)

  2. skopje March 4, 2009 at 12:53 pm #

    Bland, middle class, smug dog pooh….I hate them so much..

  3. anikainlondon March 4, 2009 at 6:26 pm #

    Wow, strong reaction.

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