BE A BODY PRESENTS: False Advertising, Dolls and Komodo
Be A Body Promotions always put on some great free gigs, and February 16th was no exception. Based in the Lock Tavern in Camden, they bring some of the best new bands to the fore and provide the backdrop for many great nights.
Komodo open the show with an atmospheric introduction, rapidly giving way to a driven and exciting set. With a sound reminiscent of Drenge but with some Libertine-esque vocal harmonies thrown in, they make for an intriguing and enthralling opener. New song ‘Jump the Gun’ stood out, not only for its release as a single next week but for its clear development on their previous songs in the set.
Dolls are always a delight and despite some technical difficulties make a dramatic entrance onto the stage at the Lock. The crowd responds timidly but positively to a raucous but coherent set, filled with songs that wouldn’t be out of place on the soundtrack to a movie like Clueless or Wild Child. An admirable aspect of Dolls’ music is the sensitive and considered use of negative space, something which lends itself naturally to the band’s formation as a two piece.
False Advertising headline the evening ahead of their upcoming appearance at SXSW. A three piece, like Komodo, but with an entirely different vibe. Energy and urgency fill the space with raw emotional expression, evoking images of kids in skate parks out way past their curfew. Switching up the lead vocalist for a few numbers was a nice touch, and in its best moments this set blossomed into a musical lovechild of Tubelord and My Chemical Romance.
Overall a well matched line-up of sounds, which shone through despite a number of technical setbacks, leaving the crowd feeling positive and enriched.