Review: Treetop Flyers + Alessi’s Ark at the Lexington

I quite like Lexington. It’s a pub with a music venue upstairs on Pentonville Road,¬†conveniently¬†close to Kings Cross and Angel. Downstairs is a bar and food area. I’m pretty keen to try the hot dog myself, but alas, I have no spare money for jumbo hot dogs. Upstairs the sound is usually pretty good, there are sofas and chairs and it’s all together quite pleasant.

First on were a band called The Epstien. It’s always a treat to see a support band I’ve not seen before when it turns out they are actually good. There were some sweet slide guitar parts which I particularly enjoyed. You can hear their songs here.

Alessi played a solo set next. My friend says I’ll tire of Nando’s before I’ll tire of Alessi, and that’s definately true. I think I’d tire of most bands before I tire of seeing Alessi play. She opened with Witch, which is a wonderful, quiet song. It was so chattery. I’m pretty weedy, but I wanted to beat everyone chattering up and tell them to SHUSH. Not really. I don’t condone beating people up. Nonetheless, it was rude and they should have shushed. She also did Albertina, Over The Hill, The Dog, The Bird, Robot,¬†Constellations and Hummingbird. It was lovely. Hummingbird is also a quiet one, and by the time she ended that, everyone was completely quiet. They obviously came round and realised someone amazing was playing.

Treetop Flyers were headlining in support of the launch of the new EP. The show sold out completely and people were actually being turned away. The band are based in Acton, West London. It was the third time I had seen them play. They are wonderful. The crowd were super into it and the sound was good. They play folky music with some sweet guitar solos and lovely vocal harmonies. Listen to their songs here.

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4 Responses to Review: Treetop Flyers + Alessi’s Ark at the Lexington

  1. at_the_sea October 1, 2009 at 12:38 pm #

    I’m completely with you on the need to shush Anika!

    Was at Mumford & Sons in Oxford last night as had to almost place my ear by the amp to be able to drown out all the chatter while trying to listen to Sons of Noel & Adrian, grrrrrr.

    If chatter persists when I head to see Alessi for the first time at the Union Chapel tomorrow I will happily join in with a chorus of shushing ;-)

    Jeremy :-)

    • anikainlondon October 1, 2009 at 1:29 pm #

      We should be fine at Union Chapel. I think the setting makes everyone act on their best behaviour! When I saw Wildbirds there you could have literally have heard a pin drop when Mariam did a pause in the middle of My Heart. It was so wonderful!

  2. Lynden October 1, 2009 at 5:27 pm #

    Thanks for your support lady. I was at the other end of the queue most of the night! I owe you a Nandos – met a guy the other day from an ad agency that worked in Nandos for a day. When I first met him I got him to come meet me in Nandos… strangely, it was the Nandos he’d had his day of work… a nice lad, perhaps he could tell you what it’s like on the inside. He was most complimentary about it.

    • anikainlondon October 2, 2009 at 10:13 am #

      Thanks Lynden! Hope to see you soon.

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