Friday, 2 April 2010

Alcoholic Faith Mission

So I've been trying to go to more gigs recently. Well, I've always wanted to go to smaller gigs in and around London and since a friend of mine moved down to London I've been going to as many as I can.

Sometimes literally not knowing where we are going until we are there, many of these gigs seem to end up in the "Islington triangle" between Angel, Farringdon and Old Street stations. One these place was the pub/venue The Wilmington Arms, and one of the bands was Alcoholic Faith Mission.

These Scandi-Indie-Pop-Folk things are by a country mile the best of these smaller bands we've seen so far. So much so, I had to raid the merch table and by a copy of their latest album on my exit.

Called Let This Be The Last Night We Care, it's a welcome, yet confusingly good entry in what is a wealth of ploddy punk and woeful, er... whimsy that you usually find at this level. The fact that this Danish band were on a European tour was certainly deserving, especially as they were playing Paris not two days after this night, but the fact they called in such a small space for an international gig made me respect them even more.

They even managed to have an effect on the crowd, which again, at this level, is quite the achievement, when nine times out of ten, this movement is of drunk boyfriends, girlfriends and various hangers-on. The type who make song requests greeted by awkward faces and mutters of "trying new material tonight...", embarassing the band who are struggling to spot faces in the audience that they don't recognise.

Luckily, AFM are above this. Awful name aside, the music is raucous, original and most importantly, awesome. Traditional indie instrumentation is occasionally joined by a trombone and a sampler; neither are overused or overpowering, nor underwhelming or unnecessary. Their sound typifies that which is difficult to describe. Brooding atmosphere, stark piano are built up with vocal harmonies and electronic precision, at least on track one.

The only dissapointment comes that not enough people have heard of them, now as they are on their third album. So to correct that, go out right now and buy all of their albums.



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