PHOTOGRAPHY George Joshua Harrison
WORDS Julian de la Celle
After coming across a post on Facebook about this last minute gig at Birthdays in Dalston with Crows and Yak, two bands I've been wanting to see live for some time now, I made sure I was able to come down to catch them both in the flesh.
The venue was at maximum capacity as I slid my way through towards the middle right before Crows came on. Now, it's rare to see a band live that makes you feel the way Crows made me feel. It happens every so often and when it does, it's electrifying. The energy, the presence, it was all there, and at maximum levels when frontman James Cox would walk into the crowd or crawl on the ceiling. He is aware of everything and eyeing everyone, with his eyes slightly bulging with this massive, static energy. I'm going to pin them as one of my new favorite bands at the moment and hope to see them again very soon.
It's been about a year and a half of waiting to see Yak perform live for the first time, after having frontman Oli Burslem on the front cover of our first digital magazine before going print. They've changed their line-up and are now a four piece and began the show with a burst of energy that led the packed crowd straight into a mosh pit. "Alas, Salvation" had to be my favorite song live as it's such an echo to the early White Stripes sound that the music industry has been mostly missing, and kept alive from the likes of Ty Segall and Thee Oh Sees.