Review and photography by Mel Jakel melsjukebox.wordpress.com
7th November 2014, KOKO Camden
Where the wild things are?
Surely at Camden’s iconic music venue KOKO, as it was time for a night of beautifully crafted rock music by the likes of newcomer Southern and welsh band Catfish And The Bottlemen, on this cold November evening. The place was sold out – always an indicator for an unforgettable night. As the doors opened and the crowd started spilling in, one could surely feel the excitement. The DJ got the place hyped by playing evergreen bangers that had everyone singing.
Belfast born duo Southern kicked things of at 7:45pm and Koko was filled with gorgeous alternative rock chords straight from the brother’s and sister’s guitars. Thom and Lucy gave a stunning performance and instantly charmed the entire place. Hands were clapping, heads were banging and the lyrics were sung along to ‘Where The Wild Are‘ and ‘Where I Want To Be‘.
Rumours had already made rounds that ‘this brother sister duo from Belfast are really talented’ and so it was nothing unusual to see some concert goers absolutely immersed in the Southern charm and happily singing on top of their voices to the duo’s new single ‘Cool Kid‘.
During that performance, every single person inside Koko was – for sure – a cool kid. Thom and Lucy mentioned several times that they were really happy to be at the venue and one look on their faces proved – they meant it!
It’s fair to say that Southern laid the perfect foundation with their gorgeous singer-songwriter tunes for the headliner Catfish And The Bottlemen.
The clock stroke 8:45pm and the lights went off for the second time on the night. It was time to welcome the headliner Catfish And The Bottlemen on stage. Needless to say, the place went crazy. Opening with an impressive performance of ‘Rango‘ and ‘Pacifier‘, the band absolutely spoiled their fans. Van McCann and the boys truly entertained the excited crowd, a few fans got a bit too excited and had to be lifted out by security.
The moshing and jumping continued throughout the set as the well-loved ‘Fallout‘ and ‘Kathleen‘ got played. Things got a bit quieter as Van McCann gave a stunning acoustic performance of ‘Hourglass‘, accompanied by the sing-alongs of the crowd. What an amazing moment that was. Lead singer McCann told the lot several times that this, right now in this place, was probably their best and favourite gig ever, which obviously got a huge response from the entire place. Catfish And The Bottlemen wrapped things up with an energetic interpretation of ‘Cocoon‘ followed by the last song ‘Tyrants‘.
All in all, this was an amazing evening for everyone who needs a bit of great handmade rock n’ roll in their life.