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by David Wingate
Photo by David Wingate

Two Wounded Birds have been on our radar for a fair while now and we’ve watched them gain more and more credibility from fans, the industry and their peers. They put excitement and passion into what they do and look great doing it. It also helps that their songs are fantastic. A Monday night at Camden’s Bar Fly LondOnTheInside were there excited to see another show where they could get involved down the front. Sadly, things didn’t work out that way. Surprised at the turn out, they had sold over 140 tickets but the place was not bursting at the sides in fact it seemed rather empty. ‘It is a Monday’ we muttered looking round. As the band opened with ‘Night Patrol’ the audiences looked on and we could see a genuine consensus that it was enjoyable, maybe we we’re too eager after the 1234 Fest for everyone to engage and ‘get involved’.

It wasn’t the performance that let them down, admittedly there were technical problems with Tom Akers guitar cutting out but the band plodded on as if nothing were wrong. Heckles from the crowd made singer Johnny Danger’s eyes roll back in his head but he offered no response instead letting his music do the talking blasting through new single ‘Together Forever’ and ‘All We Wanna Do’. It was a short set, not sure if it was cut short deliberately but the band must have thought luck was against them on this one. Sound/crowd problems aside they kept our hips a’shakin the whole set through.

Next up were Mini Mansions, a surprise first time live experience for us. Created during the ‘break period’ of the Queens of the Stone Age, bassist Mikey Shoes Shuman and co formed in 2009. They are a whirlwind of psychedelic garage pop sounding like the ‘Revolver’ period of The Beatles. They combine brilliant harmonies and creative melodies over unbelievable musicianship delivering an infectiously beautiful sound. Every single song seemed to be brilliant, thus we are exploring Mini Mansions further. A definite must see again soon!

Photo by David Wingate