GoGo Penguin at the Roundhouse

Last Thursday I went to see GoGo Penguin (http://gogopenguin.co.uk/) at Camden’s Roundhouse, a lovely venue that I first visited for an “all-dayer” back in 1974 to see Greenslade. Since those days the place has been completely renovated and is now an atmospheric and unusual space.

After a quick trip to the Hawley Arms further up the road for a pint in Camden Town, we arrived in time for the second support act, Bad Honey @badhoneymusic on Facebook (Lydia Clowes, Teresa Origone, Mercy Welbeck and Jaleesa Gemerts) who played in one of the bar areas. If you get the chance to see this act, do. They play a sort of dreamy pop/electronica including some fab covers and held me mesmerised for half an hour. Lydia had the most beautiful, pure tone which cuts through their lush arrangements. On the night she was supported by bass and keyboards, the drums having been pre-recorded. They are not yet signed so if you know anyone……

With great expectation I took my seat (all seated gig in the round, thank goodness) to one side of the stage. Not the best view ever but OK and the clarity of the band’s sound was superb.

 

For about an hour and a half GoGo Penguin played their unique brand of jazz and electronica, each of the three band members contributing to the barrage of mostly lightning-fast drum, bass and piano repetitive patterns. Time went really quickly and the band left everyone wanting more. I treated myself to their new release, “A Humdrum Star” on red vinyl before I left.

 

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