Live Review: Blindness, Creatures of Love and Hunting Party at The Shacklewell Arms, London, 16/01/2013

February 2, 2013 8:13 pm

Somewhere in the back streets of Dalston, in the strangely decorated back room of a small pub, something exciting is happening. The Hunting Party are playing at The Shacklewell arms and everybody is nodding in reluctant approval. They have been accepted and it is easy to see why. They mix the intricacy of Foals with the energy of Klaxons, all topped off with anthemic shouty vocals. The London-based four-piece should soon enough be getting some more high-profile support slots.

They are followed by Creatures of Love with their unique brand of dark, brooding, Gothic electronica rock. COL have been flying under the radar for the last couple of years, with a couple of limited release singles and a support slot with The Joy Formidable. They are on fine form tonight. Lead singer Bonita used to be a shy, retiring, hooded figure on stage but tonight she is jumping around, dancing and getting the crowd going. She even comes off the stage to mix with the fans at one stage. Creatures of Love have clearly worked on their stage presence over the last couple of years and it is paying off. Expect big things of them in 2013.creatures

Headliners Blindness are a completely different kettle of fish. Their sound is grungier, with punchy riffs and ferocious vocals. One of the best things about them is that they don’t look like a typical band. In fact, I was standing next to them for half the night and did not realise! With elements of Garbage, Nine Inch Nails and Hole, they finish off the night with a bang.

Three very different, but three very awesome, bands and definitely ones to watch this year.

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