Bands with a RH Twist. The Victoria, Dalston, E8.
Apollo Junction and F4Cade at The Victoria, Dalston.
It may seem strange reviewing bands playing way up in the Dalston darklands of London E8. But bear with me.
F4Cade have an (albeit small) Redhill link. Their session stand in drummer Theo McGuire attends the Brit School and ‘lodges’ in Redhill whilst studying at the performing arts academy (and what a fine drummer he is). It was therefore, a somewhat out of body experience to be cheerily greeted by some Redhill residents who had also undertaken the trek up to the capital to catch a mid-week gig ‘up town’.
Back to F4Cade: me and my friend knew little about them (notwithstanding the drummer connection) Angel the singer is eerily reminiscent of a young Kate Bush and has a fantastic stage presence and outstanding vocal range. Their synth sound did transport me back to the New Romantic era – with a 21st century arty twist and we loved their outfits. They got the Victoria up and dancing. Check them out here:
It is out there, before official announcements that Apollo Junction, from God’s own county of Yorkshire are headlining the inaugural RH ‘Rock n Write Fringe on 30th May, kicking off a week of events celebrating creativity and genius in our area.
They were the main reason we put on our dancing shoes and to paraphrase their hit ‘Paris’, we can dance in Dalston and we did.
Apollo Junction are bloody fab live. They opened with ‘In your Arms’ – if you haven’t heard it, it’s the soundtrack to the goal montage segment on Footy Focus and is reminiscent of New Order. It is a ‘banger’ – a great opener for a crowd unfamiliar with the AJ sound. The small but perfectly formed crowd around us (most of whom were slightly younger than myself) were soon joining in. Especially when lead singer Jamie jumped off stage with his mic and worked the crowd – makes it feel more intimate and… it’s difficult not to dance and partake as he sings around and about you…
They also look like they are LOVING being on stage, whatever the size of the crowd.
The boys released their debut album in September and their set rattled through tracks. It was a marathon for them coming down the M1 from Leeds mid-week. We can dance in Redhill next May.