With their new album Want It Need It released at the start of the month, Baby Strange stopped in to share the fruits of their labour with the Capital. Heading south after the previous seven tour dates being in their native Scotland, it’s evident in their performance following support acts Happy Meal Ltd. and RainDog that these guys are no strangers to holding the stage.
Men of few words, their heated and pessimistic tracks were, in contrast, interjected only with polite thanks to the support and audience. Although an undeniably similar sound to The Vaccines, it’s in their writing that Baby Strange distance themselves from too much of an association. Their songs are less stories being told and more real conversations being had; cut throat conversations at that. No lingering metaphors, no mincing of words, just straight-to-the-point lyricism that seems to scream out for people to engage with it there and then on a primal level. This is music for being heard live, in crowds and without a care.
At this point it starts to make sense then why they let the music (and the massive flashing light installation behind them) do the talking. The largely young audience were quick to don friends shoulders and bob along. Forget angry moshers, the audience favoured a friendly kind of all-inclusive party moshing that steadily spread from the steadfast front few rows to the middle of the room. When it’s the end of the month and the sight of your bank balance induces a fever in you, what better way to simultaneously sweat it out and cure your hump day blues than a good old high-energy mosh at your recently revamped old faithful Camden establishment?
Not quite the violently raucous punk show you might expect from the trio, the polished performance and crowd pleasing skills will surely be sliding them right into a deserving spot on some Breakout Act lists. At least, that’s what you’d think. It was surprising to find that almost all of the tracks on the new album are previous releases. This is a pivotal time for the band who, after releasing their most popular track ‘Pleasure City’ in 2015 have yet to put out anything half as successful.