I haven’t been to Koko in ages. And by ‘ages’ I do mean it by regular standards and not just my own warped idea of what is ages to not go to a venue. Last time I was there was in October 2008 to see Jenny Lewis/of Montreal (the shows were back to back, I can’t remember which came first).
The show was super early and Heartless Bastards were the only support act. The venue was fairly quiet but something about it felt very lovely… I think it was because I was by myself. I rarely go to shows alone anymore, and it’s kind of calming when I do. I’m not really sure why. I was shooting the show for Drowned In Sound so I got to watch the whole of Heartless Bastard’s set from the photopit (it was so relaxed! There wasn’t even a security guy). One of my least favourite things about shooting shows with photopits is that you have to go to the back after 3 songs, so it’s always a joy to be able to stay in the photopit, and have the best view of the show, for the whole set.
Heartless Bastards ROCKED. The volume was turned up loud and the band were putting all their energy into their performance. Singer Erika Wennerstrom has a brilliant, deep, EPIC voice. She kind of growls and howls out her lyrics with a drawl while slamming at her guitar, with the distortion cranked up high. The drummer was fantastic and the pedal steel guitar during title track from their last record, The Mountain, was gorgeous. They played for maybe half an hour, I wish they could have played longer. I really enjoyed their set and I’m so glad I got to see them, I’ll definately be trying to catch their next London show.
I loved their record that they released last year. Check out The Mountain and go see them live when they’re next here. Myspace is here.