Love In The Asylum, Heroes, 14 April 2011

Love In The Asylum shouldn’t sound unfamiliar to regular gig goers as the band is currently supporting The View in their Bread & Circuses Tour across the UK. Originally scheduled for the Time For Heroes night at the Proud Galleries in the Camden Lock, the gig was moved at the last minute to the smaller, yet more intimate, Kentish town boozer Heroes (ex-Flowerpot).

The overall impression is that of a very confident band on stage, thanks to the intense amount of hours spent on the road with the aforementioned Scottish dudes. Clearly tonight has been a sort of warm-up show for the supporting tour, which will peak in the mighty Shepherd’s Bush Empire.

Love In The Asylum are a well-balanced mix  of old rock’n’roll with contemporary world influences: think early Kings of Leon brawl mixed with Vampire Weekend on a ‘60s vinyl. It might sound complicated, but tracks like Pull The Plug and Bumble Fish are concise enough to be indie, without losing any of the rhythmical and groovy beats.

The response from the cheering crowd couldn’t have been more positive. Frankly, it’s still magical to see few people at the bar and empty tables during the performance. Everybody was on the dancefloor, everybody was there to catch a glimpse of mid-week rock’n’roll.

Let’s see what tomorrow holds for Dan, Thomas, Frank and Charlie. From what we’ve seen in Kentish Town they are definitely ready for the next big step. Despite a few technical problems and the fact they were supposed to play in front of a bigger crowd, Love In The Asylum has been an intriguing live experience that was not to be missed at all.

By Silvia Rucchin

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