Date: 15th November 2018
Review and photography: Ryan Whitwell / Shotison Media
Great fun was had at this one. London seems to have developed quite a good stoner/doom scene of late, with lots of bands and fans supporting the genre. Tonight would see Greenleaf (a band that started as a side project by members of Dozer and Lowrider and has seen lots of well known musicians in the various lineup changes) with support from Berlin based Samavayo and local London band Wychhound.
AC-DC was on the PA as people drifted downstairs towards the stage to check out Wychhound.
The four piece band of instrumental psych dealers were opening the night and it turned out to be a great choice. I’ve seen them a bunch of times at lots of venues, but tonight the mix was really good and accentuated the various nuances that are present in their drifting tones and heavier phrases.
I saw a lot of familiar faces, most from other bands who have shared bills with Wychhound, which is always good to see and makes me feel confident that London’s stoner rock scene is doing alright.
Samavayo were up next. Starting early with something off the new album, Prevarication Nation is a great live number, with a nice little bass solo, phaser effects, and gentle drums before the switch is flipped and the bass really kicks in.
Technical drum beats were in abundance, almost as abundant as the range of drummer Stephan Voland’s facial expressions!
A bit of banter between songs somehow resulted in the crowd agreeing to get naked when Greenleaf play. Not sure I saw anyone go through with it in the end, but to be honest, I was afraid to look.
Some dancy rhythms in there as well as big headbanging riffs, which got a couple of people down the front bopping a bit. Even those not quite as mobile seemed to really enjoy the set, especially as the band closed with a rather aggressive and pretty funny drum solo.
Those sweet heavy vibes of Greenleaf were sounding good tonight! Getting things off to a good start with the quick drum riff stylings of ‘A Million Fireflies’. Vocalist, Arvid Hällagård, would barely stand still for a moment during the whole set, seemingly really enjoying himself and getting into it.
A bit of random banter between numbers regarding the drummer’s shorts collection and bassist’s 40 years of brewery school. It all added to the fun being had on and in front of the stage. The mood was a nice one, pretty cool crowd that just wanted to enjoy some tasty riffage!
Towards the end of the set we were treated to Trails and Passes, one of my personal favourites, which got a good response from everyone else around me. That was followed by With Eyes Wide Open, the crowd absolutely loved that one!
Finishing up with a two song encore, featuring a great version of “Going Down”, took the band right up to curfew, so no complaints about the set finishing too early tonight!
A Million Fireflies
Let it Out
Our Mother Ash
One Trick Tony
Sweet is the Sound
Stray Bullet Woman
Trails and Passes
With Eyes Wide Open