Having spent most of my Saturday sat in front of a computer screen, my brain slowly being ground into a viscous grey mulch by a never-ending onslaught of emails and spreadsheets, I was very much in need of something to blow away the cobwebs and give my weekend a kick up the arse. Thankfully the ever reliable We Can Do It promotions had just the thing waiting for me in Camden.
First up were Brighton trio Lazybones whose mixture of breakneck garage rock and goodtime art-punk disco beats, punctuated with stabs of sci-fi organ demanded the crowd to get their feet moving.
Second act Fruit & Flowers were playing their first London show as the finale of a two week UK tour. Surfy riffs, stunning vocal harmonies and some excellent post-punk basslines left us hoping for a swift return to these shores.
It was my first time seeing headline act Prom in the flesh, having been impressed by the screeching rawness of their singles ‘Touch Me’ and ‘I’ll Teach You’, but nothing could have prepared me for the intensity of their tightly-wound industrial punk maelstrom; the lyrics spat through Angela Won-Yin Mak’s gritted teeth over a grinding guitar assault. Those cobwebs didn’t stand a chance.
Review and photography by Paul Maps