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EL VY: We’ll come back someday

EL VY | Electric Ballroom, Camden | 10 December 2015

Gone are the black suit and bottle of red wine. In their place, a comfortable white shirt and slacks, cocktail in a plastic cup, and a clearly more relaxed Matt Berninger.

Free of the pressures of his increasingly high-profile day job, the singer from The National is out to have a good time. Although that’s all relative; whether he’s hunched, eyes closed, over the mic stand or pacing up and down, flicking the microphone cord behind him, his vocal performance is as intense as ever. It’s the between-song exchanges with EL VY co-conspirator Brent Knopf that are as fun, loose, and idiosyncratic as the songs from their debut album.

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Glenn Hughes: I got my freak flag flying again

Photo credit: Reg Richardson 

Glenn Hughes | Electric Ballroom | 1 November 2015

“Music is a healer,” Glenn Hughes tells a packed Electric Ballroom. “It keeps us all sane.

Of course he’s right, driving home the point with a two-hour masterclass in its power to uplift. His source material: highlights of a four-decade career, spanning his first taste of success with Trapeze in the early ‘70s to the latterday powerhouse that was Black Country Communion. Classics from Deep Purple, Hughes/Thrall, and his expansive solo discography round out a far-reaching setlist, given total cohesion by Hughes’ magnificent vocals and Doug Aldrich’s shape-shifting playing.

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Refused returning to London

Refused return to the UK for the first time in three years with a show in London.

The legendary Swedish hardcore punk band play Electric Ballroom in Camden on 2 December 2015 with support from American alt-rock veterans Failure.

The show, part of a short European trek, ends six months of touring in support of ‘Freedom’, their first album since 1998’s seminal ‘The Shape Of Punk To Come’.

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Mike Doughty: I know that guy from someplace

Mike Doughty | Electric Ballroom, Camden | 8 October 2015

Mike Doughty slips onto the stage. His head bowed, he slowly paces up and down, still largely unnoticed while the band set up around him. But as the commotion of preparation dies down and he strides up to the microphone, Doughty transforms from nondescript tall man in a hat to bonafide frontman.

That shouldn’t come as a surprise. In the 15 years since splitting Soul Coughing, Doughty has carved out a career as a solo performer able to command an audience with little more than an acoustic guitar. By now, dominating a stage comes naturally — even if his backing musicians are Wheatus, tonight’s headline act.

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Seether: Words as weapons

Seether | Electric Ballroom, Camden | 27 August 2015

It’s been less than a year since Seether last played London. So, obviously, not much has changed. Shaun Morgan, focused on the brutal riffs and bruised vocals, keeps between-song chat to a minimum. Dale Stewart, a bass-playing blur of rock star poses and horn-throwing, again picks up the slack. John Humphrey gets to show off his speed and power with a brief drum solo. And, as they’re still touring latest album ‘Isolate and Medicate’, the 90-minute set’s almost the same.

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Seether at Electric Ballroom, Camden

Seether returned to London for an intimate show at Camden’s Electric Ballroom, warming up for their slot at Reading and Leeds 2015 with a set comprising classics like ‘Gasoline’ and ‘Fake It’ alongside tracks from their most recent album, ‘Isolate and Medicate’.

  • Read our review of the show here.

The National + Menomena = EL VY in London

EL VY, a new band from The National frontman Matt Berninger and Menomena’s Brent Knopf, are set to play London in December.

The group (whose name rhymes with “hell pie”) play Electric Ballroom in Camden on 10 December in support of their debut album, ‘Return To The Moon’.

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