The Twang @ The Village Underground

Image: Rory Cockburn
Image via Rory Cockburn

It has become trendy in music journalism over recent years to hype and denounce. Bands in their precious early days are coated in hype and flung upon pedestals with the powers that be swiftly pulling that pedestal away a year or two later. The so-called ‘lad bands’ have had their fair share of this. When you go to a gig such as The Twang at The Village Underground though, you realise that all that b******* is happening on another planet. The Twang are not concerned with that side of things. They’re here to craft tunes, they’re not here to compromise and tonight, they’re here to get the crowd bouncing!

The fact they’re playing The Village Underground in quirky Shoreditch is a testament in itself. The beautiful open-brick cauldron of sound is usually home to the bleeps and basslines of electronic and dance artists but with the magnificent thunder of opener (and new single) ‘Larry Lizard’; the band is perfectly at home here. The crowd welcome the offering, as well as new tracks ‘Sucker for the Sun’ and ‘Step Away’, the latter boasting an infectious chorus and a wicked lick of guitar throughout. Although the atmosphere has been electric since the band walked on, ‘Barney
Rubble’ brings an almost carnival atmosphere to the room. The infectious drums welcoming the song in leave the crowd a mass of bouncing heads and limbs – a couple of mystery pints come raining in overhead.

During fan favourites, ’Either Way’ and ‘2 Lovers’, the energy and bouncing leave no person standing still. From front to back the crowd lap up every single second as if it were their last, and from the back, the stage is almost eclipsed by the silhouetted masses in front. It is obvious the Brummie lads appreciate the support and the energy is mutual throughout. Vocalist Phil provides the chat between songs and is quick to thank everybody for coming out and at one point even quicker to swiftly put a heckler down – “You going to talk to me all gig mate?” cue a victorious roar from the crowd.

‘Ice Cream Sundae’ and ‘Took the Fun’ are personal set highlights. Both are executed perfectly, showcasing The Twang’s ability to create a stomping indie tune, but also highlight their playing expertise. Classic set closer ‘Cloudy Room’ seals the deal and with a triumphant finish the gig is over. The night has been a complete success. The way in which The Twang can come to London and put such a ferociously energetic and fun gig on, shows, not only how dedicated their fans are, but how enjoyable the gigs actually are. The new tunes given a run out are promising additions to a solid set, and point towards another exciting chapter for the lads from Brum!

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Image: Rory Cockburn
Image via Rory Cockburn

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