On Wednesday 18th November, I went to see one of my favourite bands for the first time at Koko Camden. It was everything I expected and more.
The first support act were Lock. I fell completely in love with them. I mean, we all know that I love a good all female band. These ladies were amazing. They had so much energy and reminded me a little bit of Warpaint but with more edge. You can buy their current single ‘Click’ on cassette here which is pretty fucking cool. Amazing harmonies and stage presence from guitarist/singer Edie Langley. You have to check them out if you get a chance, there is a lot of talent there.
Next up was Franko Fraize. Also really great and fitted really well as a support act for Reverend & the Makers. Think Mike Skinner meets early Revs and add in a bit of Jamie T for good measure. Just listen to him… I can’t really find the words. Such a great energy and definitely got the crowd excited for the main act.
I’ve been a fan of Reverend & the Makers for a while. ‘State of Things’ is probably one of my favourite albums. They recently released album ‘Mirrors’ and it is fast becoming another favourite. It plays really well as a whole, each song flowing together perfectly. If you want to get a feel for it, listen to ‘Makin’ Babies,’ ‘Mr Glasshalfempty’ and ‘Black Widow.’
I was super excited to hear the new songs live and they were really great. It was also nice to hear some of the old favourites (He Said He Loved Me, Heavyweight Champion etc.) Despite all of the band’s albums having pretty different feels to them, the songs work great together live. This is probably because of the sheer amount of energy they all have on stage.
One of the things I love about Reverend & the Makers is that they haven’t gone the traditional route with gaining fans and getting their music heard. But, they’ve still managed to get a huge fan base and seeing them live really helps you understand why. Jon McClure continued on after the main event by taking his guitar outside the venue for the fans who wanted more.
This is a band who have so much talent and will keep releasing brilliant and unique albums. I cannot wait to see what they do next and will definitely be seeing them live again as soon as I can.