Some thoughts on Fanfarlo, Ox. Eagle. Lion. Man and A.N.Other Indie Band last night at the Buffalo B
Fanfarlo are ace aren't they? I'd never seen 'em before but really did enjoy them.
Ox. Eagle. Lion. Man. annoyed me. First of all they annoyed me 'cos they pissed around for ages before actually getting on stage keeping the audience waiting and meaning I was out later than I wanted to be. I think a band pissing around and keeping people waiting smacks of arrogance and contempt for the crowd to be honest.
When they came on they annoyed me even more by coming across like a Blue Peter presenter attempting to be Nick Cave. It felt like self-consciously edgy "alternative" music wiht all the edges trimmed off to make it safe and consumable and allow a mainstream indie band to feel like they're watching something risky and dangerous whilst it isn't risky and dangerous at all. More criminally their songs weren't very memorable.
There was another band on too at the start of the evening. I don't know their names but I swear they this band that follows me around London changing their name and members but playing pretty much the same indistinguishable songs. Either that or 70% of all indie bands are indentikit which might be more plausible. Their songs were pleasant enough but they weren't very exciting.
Not sure what my point is sharing these thoughts with people but anyway...