So. Everyone says Low Anthem are amazing live, so I thought they would be more than worth catching at Rough Trade on Thursday night. Because of all the buzz I was expecting the place to be packed out, but it was very quiet. Shame on you, London.
Because nobody was around for wristband collection (and because Rough Trade had run out of wristbands so weren’t giving them out anyway) we headed to, my favourite, NANDOS! I am only two stamps away from a whole free chicken. If anyone wants to come with me on that momentous day, let me know, because I doubt I can eat a whole chicken.
Moving on from that chicken-centric tangent, Low Anthem took to the stage at just past seven. They are a three piece. While they were setting up I was enjoying the look of the instruments. The whole band did some instrument switching throughout their set, which was impressive to watch. All three members are clearly very talented. Jocie had a very cool instrument which made atmospheric noises, I’m not sure what it’s called. It was like a glockenspiel shape, but with metal discs, and to make the sound she ran a bow along them. It was lovely. Singer Ben was able to switch his voice from a gentle, soothing, lullaby-esque whisper to a howl. It was instrumentally gorgeous and the song This God Damn House was particularly beautiful. It featured a whistling part, in which Ben whistled into two phones. Unfortuately it didn’t really work, the phones wouldn’t call each other (no signal in Rough Trade, I know) but it was impressive whistling nonetheless.
I’d love to see the band again. They more than deserve all of the positive word of mouth, worth catching for sure. Here is their Myspace and here is a video of This God Damn House in which the phone whistling actually works.