On the 25th of May Camden Barfly brought together three great bands, North London alternative rockers from The Beautiful Game, indie/dance Daytona Lights and lastly, the great punk rock act Vengeance and the Panther Queen. The gig went on from around half past eleven to 2am, each band playing for abound 30 minutes each.
The night began with The Beautiful Game, bringing in a clean very good, pure alternative rock sound, a talented lead guitarist and a very active lead singer, all moving and interacting with the public, whom finally warmed up after a couple of songs. The rest of the band however, was not really there, especially the rhythm guitarist and the bass player. Don’t get me wrong, they were playing amazing, but they didn’t seem present and they didn’t really seem to enjoy themselves. Among the songs they played I managed to recognize, Take it or leave it, Clear the runway song, my personal favourite – A little conviction and Running out of you.
The next on stage were Daytona Lights, a band very much enjoyed by the public, mostly made out of females this time. They play a very lively, upbeat mix of pop, indie and dance, very catchy and enjoyable, combined with a pinch of pop boy bands which is going to be very liked by the public they aim at. They are not exactly my cup of tea, but they did manage to catch my attention in quite a good way. Nicely done.
The last band, Vengeance and the Panther Queen provided a sounding end. They’re quite good live, with powerful instruments and with Tara’s careless pace on the stage and strong voice adding up to their punk act, even though her voice seemed covered by the guitars at times . They played the songs from their newly launched E.P. ‘We Who Feel Our Lobes of Penitence Groped By Things With Petrol Claws ‘ the single My Ebola, the riot anthem Party Fight, self-speaking I hate work and This is not a dignified way to make a living. These guys have quite an attitude, with their spiteful lyrics and aggressive instrumentals. However, they lack on their interaction with the public. Maybe it’s part of the punk act but it wouldn’t hurt to be more friendly and engaging with the audience.
All in all, it was quite an enjoyable night, filled with three different but talented bands which I’m sure we’ll get to see again very soon, only on bigger, better stages.
Words: Black cat