The Garage, Highbury
It’s a while since I’ve seen such an exciting band as Flatworms. There pretty much nothing original about them at all (although I can’t recall seeing a band that that sets the drum kit up in line with the bass and guitar so all members are at the front of the stage) but they combine all their influences and make them their own. I quite liked, during aural onslaught, to spot the people they seem to have nicked stuff from.. Sonic Youth, The Residents, MC5, Buzzcocks, Nirvana… it’s a long list which is probably why they end up sounding vital and fresh.
It was quite short show, I think they went through the whole of the album (but that’s only about half an hour long) and a few others that I wasn’t familiar with and they were done in an hour.
A pretty wide age range, there were teenagers there and people older than me… so probably in their 60s – the crowd surfing was exclusively done by the teenagers though! A fairly good mix of male and female as well.
It made me think..
All is not lost and not everyone under 30 thinks music starts and stops with Ed Sheeran.
Also, The Garage is a pretty perfect venue for rock bands… I should get down there more often.