Review: Orphans & Vandals at Pure Groove

I got to Pure Groove a little before the band were due to start. One great thing about instores is that it’s a nice way to have a little taster of a band. Like those tasters you get in markets. Or like those lollipops you used to get at Little Chef. One time, me and my friend stole literally 100 lollipops from Little Chef. We kept walking past the bowl pretending to go to the loos and taking handfuls. We counted them after and we had enough to feed a village. We were probably only 13, and we paid for meals, so I guess we were semi-entitled to those lollipops. Hmm, I appear to have veered off onto a lollipop tangent. Anyway, instores are kind of like that. You get 1 free lollipop and then if you like it you can go back for more.

Today I had a taster of Orphans & Vandals. I’d heard they were meant to be good but I hadn’t given them a proper listen. They played as a 5 piece and had lots of London-centric songs that were bouncy and sounded a bit sea shanty-ish at times. They had some sweet bass parts to tap your feet too and I enjoyed watching the drummer shake her head like a woman possessed. She was awesome. I think I am cursed to always be reminded of Wildbirds & Peacedrums every time I see even a vaguely good drummer. I think some of their songs were a bit long and I can’t make up my mind about whether I like the singer’s dis-interested vocal style, but I enjoyed their set and would be more than happy to see them again, good band.

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3 Responses to Review: Orphans & Vandals at Pure Groove

  1. Paulo April 29, 2009 at 4:28 pm #

    I love the drummer- she does great head shaking/psycho face making!

    & yup, they do have plenty of long songs (from their album: three 6 + mins, two 8 + mins, one 10 + mins), but then I absolutely love their three longest songs. Hope you do come across them some more, and they make you want to buy their album.

    I’ve never yet gone to a Pure Grooves lunchtime show, as I’m not sure if I’d be able to get there and back in my large lunch window of opportunity. Maybe one day, if it was going to be something super cool/ that I couldn’t just see at a normal gig elsewhere/when.

    • anikainlondon April 29, 2009 at 4:54 pm #

      yeah she’s definately in my top 10 favourite drummers of the year.

      Pure Groove’s lunchtime shows usually start near enough on time, much better than the evening ones anyway.

  2. Skopje April 30, 2009 at 6:59 pm #

    When i saw them at the tom robinson introducing night, i also thought the songs went on too long. But after watching the videos i shot back, the songs grew on me

    Orphans & Vandals – Christopher – ( from SKOPJE on Vimeo.

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