Listen to 405 Radio
Jonquil - Camp, London 24/11/10

Jonquil - Camp, London 24/11/10

by   (Google+), 01 December 2010

Venue: Camp, London Date: 24/11/10 Link: Jonquil Change is a good thing and no more is this true than in music. Judging from their performance at C.A.M.P, Jonquil are clearly aware of this. The only problem is there was no need to change. Their brand of delicate folk–pop of old couldn’t have been further from the disco inspired tropical sounds I saw before me at Camp. In fact, the band was different in just about every way; from their lineup to their sound - I might have been watching Jonquil but in essence I was listening to a new band. This in itself isn’t a problem although I’ve always been wary of a band that changes their sound so radically - perhaps a change of name would have made the transition less misleading. However don’t get me wrong, the gig was entertaining and probably a lot more suited to an East London basement club night than their sound of before. The songs, none of which I had heard before, were enjoyable and clearly received well by the audience. Clearly Jonquil have taken math-rock inspiration from their Oxford friends Foals, although luckily without the hipster pretence and appearance. Jonquil’s new tropical sound, appropriately reflected in lead singer Hugo Manuel’s palm tree t-shirt, was constructed of appealing up-tempo rhythms, accomplished musicianship and intricate cross-rhythmic lead synth and guitar lines, all of which was undeniably fun. However, their tentative on stage presence and stage-banter only added to the perception of Jonquil being a new band. If Camp had been my first experience of Jonquil then I would have left pleasantly impressed having seen a fairly distinctive up and coming band with a catalogue of enjoyable if somewhat indistinguishable songs. But unfortunately, it’s difficult to forget the more accomplished, inspiring sound of the previous incarnation of Jonquil, that might not have won the hearts of the average general public, but it certainly won mine.

Related Reviews

  • In Photos: Bookstock Street Party 2011

    In Photos: Bookstock Street Party 2011

    by Sapphire Mason Brown

    Enclosed are photos from Bookstock 2011, an annual street party in the heart of Shoreditch on August bank holiday to send out the summer with one last hurrah. This year featured Mr Bruce and Chuckles of The Correspondents as headline act, who sure know how to get into the party spirit with their Big Band Drum 'n Bass philosophy. [read more]

  • In Photos: Les Savy Fav - Electric Ballroom, London 22/11/10

    In Photos: Les Savy Fav - Electric Ballroom, London 22/11/10

    by Tim Boddy

    Venue: Electric Ballroom, Camden, London Date: 22/11/10 Link: Les Savy Fav For those of you that are fortunate enough to have seen Les Savy Fav, you'll already know that they're one of the best live experiences you'll get. The rest of you awful human beings that haven't will no doubt be aware of their reputation for providing a raucous, riotous and rambunctious show; the three R's if you will. As such, the old cliché of those silly words and sentences not doing justice apply here a... [read more]

  • Ólöf Arnalds - Vortex Jazz Club, London 02/03/11 // Interview

    Ólöf Arnalds - Vortex Jazz Club, London 02/03/11 // Interview

    by The 405

    Photography and words: Nick Miners At around quarter to ten on a Wednesday night in March, a small figure with Icelandic blonde hair walks onto the stage at the Vortex Jazz Club and starts plucking a refrain on a ukulele. As the audience realises what is happening, the murmur of conversation subsides and she asks how everyone is, and introduces herself. The musician in question is Ólöf Arnalds, a singer who, like many musicians from her native Iceland, defies categorisation. This is th... [read more]

  • Freelance Whales and Broken Records - XOYO, London, 02/02/2011

    Freelance Whales and Broken Records - XOYO, London, 02/02/2011

    by Euan Mackay

    This was my first jaunt along to the hipster haven XOYO and what better an occasion to pop that particular cherry than a line-up which includes the disparate sounds of both New York's Freelance Whales and Edinburgh's Broken Records? Traipsing in about 8.30 after a nice wait in the cold and wet, moods were lifted somewhat by a surprise guest on the bill, one Marcus Foster. Foster serenaded the Shoreditch crowd with a stripped bare and ultimately pleasant set that included a couple of tracks... [read more]

Comments

Follow Us

Recommended Posts

Popular Posts

Mailing List

Sign up to our weekly mailing list.

Around The Web