A night at Old Street

Schmoof at Bar and Kitchen Hoxton Square

I went yesterday to Schmoof new album The Glamour release party. It was at Hoxton’s Bar & Kitchen and that only means one thing: TONS OF COOLNESS!

As I was waiting for mr.doob to meet me, lots of megatrendy people passed by. Since I normally just see gothic & punk people there at Camden with their tons of piercings and black leather clothing, I was delighted with the contrast: Summer-of-54 glasses, funky hats, urbanites and modernites. Maybe a bit of a preparation for Schmoof’s gig…

After having dinner at one cool place which played music that I liked -and had cube lamps like ours, but hanging upside down, we went on to a (short) exploratory tour along Shoreditch High Street. I had that deja-vu feeling which was systematically rejected by doob (No, you haven’t been here before) and also found a guy cheekly flirting with me for the second time in a day (first one was in the tube). Don’t know what was going on with me! It might be Spring time.

We finally went towards Hoxton Square and onto the gig venue. First one we saw after paying and entering the venue was Lloyd Schmoof. Actually we almost ran over him since he was so close to the door!

There was a group playing first. They said they were something like Red Pepper but I couldn’t find their page at the infamous myspace. Must say they were nice, specially liked the Japanese guitarist, and all the energy he put into playing. They kind of reminded me to The Long Blondes but in a more poppy way.

Finally and after all the neccessary hardware preparations, including the cruel Sinclair Spectrum loader routine sound playing high and loud in the speakers (which happens to be Track 13 in the new album) while the visuals were loaded, Schmoof got on the stage.

First song to be played was my favourite: Rock Wife. I love the yeah-yeah samples, and I like so much the song that I can’t decide about what to do for the remix contest they were organising (they provided their samples for people to remix that song). But I’ll do something one day, I promise!

The venue wasn’t packed with people like last time I saw them (at Ginglik, Shepherd’s Bush) so I could even dance a bit which was very appropriate since they are introducing stronger drum sounds in their style, while still keeping their warm electro touch. Backseat driver with its crazy Yamaha guitar-keyboard solo was almost ecstatic, and Northern Line was terribly funny with that Kimono-dressed guest singer and the heart-shaped Tube bulls-eye sign being drawn in the screen with big and blocky ZX pixels… ahhh we were back in the eighties for a while!

As always it felt too short, I think they’ve got enough songs for playing some more minutes, and I also think they should remix or improvise a bit more when doing lives, that would make things way more unpredictable … and even funnier!

UPDATE: found this video at youtube


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