Review: She Keeps Bees + Woodpigeon at the Borderline

Days are strange when you work full time. It’s like being in a bit of a daydream, then you get all the stuff you would usually do during the day done in the wee hours of the night. Or, you just don’t bother to get them done at all. So, strangely, when I go to gigs now, it’s like going to a gig after you just woke up. If that makes any sense at all. No? Nevermind.

So I woke up and headed West to the Borderline. It’s been pretty clammy in London lately, so by the end of the night the place was super stuffy. There were lots of wonderful people and friendly faces down at the club that night, and it was a treat to see them all.

My favourites, She Keeps Bees opened up the show. I’m so happy they’re back (!!!). I love them. They were brilliant, though they only played a very brief set. They ended with Ribbon, which is such a special song for me. I can’t recommend this band enough. Their latest album Nests is available in Rough Trade and you can hear their brilliance here.

Sons of Noel and Adrian were next. I’d seen them a couple of times previously, it was more of the same foot stomping fun. Watching such a large band get so into the music they’re playing is always impressive. They hail from Brighton and play instrumentally rich songs, with cello, double bass, violin, flute, banjo… there are about 5 million of them. Their Myspace is here.

Woodpigeon were the headliners, Mark was joined by six friends and they sounded wonderful. It was the fourth and my favourite time I’d seen them. There were parts where I was just completely hypnotised by the rich, textured, beautiful sound the band were making. Best of all, they treated us to Home As A Romanticized Concept Where Everyone Loves You Always And Forever, which Mark said they hadn’t played in a year. It’s my favourite Woodpigeon song, and after seeing them three times previously, I assumed they just didn’t play it. The song brought back memories of last autumn, right when I moved to London. Such a beautiful song, which¬†unsurprisingly, reminds me of wanting to go home when I couldn’t. The female harmonies were beautiful. I Live A Lot Of Places was another favourite of the set. They closed after an hour or so, with …And As The Ship Went Down. Mark looped and layered his voice at the end it was atmospheric and truly beautiful. Lots of love for Woodpigeon, listen to the songs here. EPIC! Mark says the band won’t be back until next year, make sure you catch them when they come back.

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3 Responses to Review: She Keeps Bees + Woodpigeon at the Borderline

  1. The Daily Growl August 13, 2009 at 9:40 pm #

    Yeah, good gig, but what happened to the schedule? We turned up at 8:15 with me hoping to at least get 15 mins of She Keeps Bees, but they were already gone! Oh well, End of the Road it is then.

    Oh, and I really should say hello at a gig sometime…

    • anikainlondon August 13, 2009 at 10:43 pm #

      They started at 8 and played for 15 minutes or so… they were missing a monitor or something. Yes! Say hello. I don’t know what you look like but it would be lovely to meet you…

      • Robin August 14, 2009 at 8:37 am #

        They were playing without a guitar amplifier and jess complained that her guitar going straight into the mixing desk sounded like “farts”, which is why I think they rushed through their set.

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