Live Review: Lisbon @ Camden Barfly

Live Review: Lisbon @ Camden Barfly

Warm up acts are brilliant, they give you a chance to hear some new music that you otherwise may have not found. If you are the type that arrives late to avoid seeing the warm up, shame on you!

We found this amazing band called Lisbon when we saw Little comets, and we liked them so much that we had to see them again. So when we heard they were playing in Camden, we jumped to get tickets.

One of three warm-up acts included ‘Pure Youth’, an indie-rock quartet based in London who only set up six months ago. When kicking off they sneaked in their 1 minute synth ….. Earth. From their debut EP, songs ‘On Our Way and ‘New November’ show a lot of promise especially with their cool new sounds.

The indie energetic vibes from Pure Youth rocked the stage, looking back into the crowd, you could see people getting into their dancing mood. Pure Youth have their latest single ‘I’m not yours’ is out 29th July.

Next line up was ‘Pony and Trap’, consisting of Sally (vocals) andIMG-20150723-WA0013
Tom (guitar). The two piece Yorkies are a twisted combination of rock meets pop and it’s a match made in heaven. It is Nirvana meets Jessie J, which shouldn’t ever make sense musically, but is wonderfully pulled of.

The energetic duo had me hooked from the beginning. Thanks to the insane psychedelic noise that pinged off the guitar and casual off beat strumming, every single song had its own personality with a wicked beat to match and gorgeous vocals from the lead singer from beginning to end.

The band are currently unsigned, but have gained a great cult following thanks to early love from BBC introducing and have recently played at Latitude festival, as well as supporting one of our favourites ‘Peace’.

Frett have been producing electronic infused indie for the past year and are started to gain a really cool little following. On stage you can see that the pair have a real passion for music and this is what drives them to write and experiment with new sounds.

The bands latest EP and single has gained support from a number of radios and blogs including: Indie Shuffle, It’s All Indie, BBC 6 Music, XFM and Kerrang! and the song has had over 25K plays on Soundcloud and over 8K on YouTube.

The pair, who we had yet to discover, really blew us away with their originally, ingenuity and individual musical rendition. With the wonderful and very talented Clarice assisting on vocals, the soft and innocent sounds accompanied by brash and in your face beats and mythic guitar was a great treat to listen to and we look forward to hearing more from them in the future.

At 9.45pm on came Lisbon who kicked things off with ‘Bluelove’, an instant IMG-20150723-WA0015crowd mover with very easy lyrics to sing and dance along to. The alt-pop, feel good summery sounds are just perfect for this time of year. ‘Good 2 Me’ and ‘Life is Good’ played  next, two songs that we hadn’t heard before, but were f*cking good. The fancy guitar flicks and the big grins on the guys face was welcoming to see form new bands, as I don’t remember the likes of Bombay Bicycle Club looking cheery – and we were pretty close to the stage.

Matthew Varty’s voice had that aggressive, throaty sound that characterises Lisbon’s hardcore sound. I was surprised to see he managed to hit some high notes in some of their new songs ‘Daylight’. Even then every song is flawless, and a master piece. The band’s progression has been incredible and huge journey ahead has only just begun.

The guys crowd interaction was amazing, they encouraged the crowd to sing along and jump along. Our favorite song, ‘Rio’ ended the show with a bang, the whole crowd was singing and jumping along. Some of the crowd joined Lisbon on stage for the last upbeat, dancing tune.


Founder and Editor-in-Chief of ICM, full-time journalist, occasional photographer, Chelsea FC.

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