Gig/Concert: Doll and The Kicks supported by Sound of Guns and Ray
Venue: Barfly, Camden, London
Date: 9 October 2009
Headliners: Doll and The Kicks
In one word: Average
It is somewhat frustrating that in these economically difficult times we don’t have a band who we can all love, adore and be proud of.
First of all, we had The Beatles who revolutionised the genre of music we all listen to in our daily lives, The Clash were that band in 1977, The Jam played the same role in the early 80’s and were followed by The Smiths, The Stone Roses, then Oasis to more recently when The Libertines burst onto the UK scene in the early 2000’s, and who are all still adored and worshipped by their fans. British music most recently however has been very predictable, the same old songs come on the radio every five seconds and you cannot distinguish one song from the other. So on a cold, wet, rainy October night, I’m off to see the much talked about and hyped Sound of Guns, who I hope will be the band who capture my heart and the hearts of the nation.
Camden is the London borough for live music as it plays host to over 20 venues that are notoriously hard to find, and the venue at the Barfly is no exception! From the exterior the Barfly appears to be another trendy bar on Camden’s high-street, but upstairs is a tiny, pitch black room that hosts gigs and it took me the best part of half an hour to realise this.
Sound of Guns took to the stage to the sound of…well…guns and kicked off with ‘Backs of Butterflies’ which was followed by their new single ‘Element of Youth‘. ‘Element of Youth’, unlike the rest of their material which I would say is pretty average, is a song I genuinely like, would buy (or download dare I say, sorry for being old fashioned) and you would probably catch me humming the ‘dun, dun, dun’ of the guitars whilst completely distracted in my double Science lesson on hydrocarbons and alternatives to fossil fuels late on a Friday afternoon. If they were to build on this, I would say that they have a bright future ahead of them and I wish them the best of luck.
Half-way through the set frontman Andy Metcalfe tried to engage with the crowd during debut single ‘Architects’, another catchy, radio-friendly song but got little reaction from the crowd. The lyrics are too predictable, and I wouldn’t have minded if they were clever or witty, but it seems that they are too scared to pull their trigger and take something out of Pete Doherty’s book to come up with something more lyrically adventurous and charasmatic. It continues to be very predictable and it wasn’t anything that I had heard or seen before.
So, are Sound of Guns the ‘Architects’ of a refreshing sound that is going to inspire a new generation of passionate musicians? Alas not, but good nonetheless.
Famous last words it may be, but as Arctic Monkeys’ Alex Turner said – “don’t believe the hype….well not just yet!“
© Lauren Towner