London’s music scene has always been a colourful palate of contrasts. From massive sold out shows in thousands-capacity venues, to tiny intimate gigs, the UK’s capital has something for everyone. On this particular Thursday night, a quiet, but receptive crowd squashed themselves into Angel’s Islington pub to get involved with some early evening entertainment. Ever the champion of unsigned and undiscovered small acts, the non-assuming venue was to host Blonde Bunny, who describe themselves as “melodramatic rock/future prog”.
But before the crowd got an opportunity to wrap their heads around Blonde Bunny’s unusual and meandering music, they were treated to a sweet and touching support performance. Thinkpiece lit up the room with their vocoder tinged guitar licks and high-end percussion sounds. Like Blonde Bunny, there was an impressive use of synth and sample sounds on display, which helped create a contemplative and emotive background for the band to move through. A special mention must go to bassist Milo Craig, who was chair bound after hip surgery earlier in the summer. “usually Milo is bouncing around; so this is a slightly unusual show for us!” the band admitted. It’s great to see a band with such great rapport, and they had the crowd’s polite attention arrested throughout their short set.
The beauty of the unassuming Islington is its non-chalant almost basement feel. The walls are casually slathered in red velvet, and the lighting design is akin to a very cheap eBay strobe. Along with some truly excellent sound mixing, the venue takes on a very likeable quality, and the crowd happily wandered around, soaking it all in during the brief break.
When Blonde Bunny took to the stage, it was clear that their music would live up to their personal description. Meandering, hypnotic and channelling just a little bit of Jim Morrison, the four piece had the crowd captivated from the beginning. Throughout their set, there was a sense that you were being pushed through a kaleidoscope of strange sounds and visuals, with an emphasis on the lead guitarist’s substantial use of psychedelic effects pedals. The stand out, and constant feature of the set however was the droopy drum lines throughout. Sometimes wandering towards hip-hop, other times towards free-form jazz, it was enough to take the listener on a bit of a journey.
Thinkpiece and Blonde Bunny represent the kind of unsigned/underground passion that makes London’s music scene colourful and interesting. This was Blonde Bunny’s last show for a while, and it was certainly a great one to witness first hand.
This Blonde Bunny article was written by Zoe Anderson, a GIGsoup contributor.