wears the trousers magazine

vivian girls: live at hoxton bar & kitchen 26/01/10

Vivian Girls / Veronica Falls / Blue On Blue
Hoxton Bar & Kitchen, London
January 26, 2010

London loves the Vivian Girls, as the second of their sell-out shows in the capital this week attested. Audiences were already swelling when the first support act took to the stage, and continued to grow excitedly throughout the night. Blue On Blue originally started out as the side project of D-Bird from An Experiment On A Bird In The Air Pump, but with yesterday’s announcement of their split it seems that this will now be her main musical outlet. The ex-Bird played bass, accompanied by a male bandmate on drums, soldiering through with a short but well-paced set despite having “lost” their guitarist. And the goodness continued with the poppy shoegaze of fresh-faced quartet Veronica Falls, whose dreamy boy/girl vox definitely had East End hearts aflutter.

By the time our Brooklyn heroines had taken to the stage, the crowd was sardine-packed and positively buzzing with anticipation. Cassie, Katy and Ali all seemed a little tired, but played a crushworthy set nonetheless, with older hits ‘Wild Eyes’, ‘I Believe In Nothing’ and ‘Never See Me Again’ set seamlessly alongside newer cuts from their recent, thrillingly awesome second album Everything Goes Wrong. And the newer material has definitely come into its own, with ‘Walking Alone At Night’, ‘When I’m Gone’ and ‘I Have No Fun’ sounding way more solid then they did during their pre-release airings at The Lexington last year. Slower numbers ‘Before I Start To Cry’ and ‘Can’t Get Over You’ were perfectly lush, but it was their mid-set a cappella version of The Chantels’ ‘He’s Gone’ that revealed the artistry and heart behind their brash, albeit harmony-driven, reverb-drenched sound.

Charlotte Richardson Andrews


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yeah, ‘he’s gone’ was amazing, I think I filmed a bit

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