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  • Scala
  • 275 Pentonville Road, N1 9NL
  • London, UK
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  • Hayden Thorpe Hayden Thorpe on Mon, 28 Mar 2022

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    Bless you gotta love him ,.. But what first struck me was the sound , I am getting on a bit maybe that might explain why I could hear no discernable tone inthe bass , apart from the odd foray up the scale the sound of the bass guitar was a behemoth that I could feel vibrating through the building, my body and probably everything else in the vicinity but I could not actually hear tone . I'd like to know if this was intentional sound design or a freak of the venue . Having said that the mix seemed to work , clear definition between vocal , guitar ,drums keyboard and saxaphone .
    The band weren't present for a large section of the event with Hayden performing solo and admirably with guitar , keyboard and various tools beyond my kin .

  • Saint Raymond Saint Raymond on Wed, 02 Dec 2015

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    Didn't think you'd be able to top your Shepherd's Bush empire performance but last night totally blew that out of the water. It was amazing! Just wish it was longer ☹️

  • Saint Raymond Saint Raymond on Tue, 01 Dec 2015

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    Fabulous concert! Great value for money, great venue

  • Ex Hex Ex Hex on Mon, 02 Nov 2015

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    great venue. the support bands were also very good. and the Ex Hex played an intense set. just a pity that the gig did not last very long

  • Joanna Gruesome Joanna Gruesome on Tue, 22 Sep 2015

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    I booked this gig when it was scheduled for April and with it being postponed until September, I ended up waiting around 5 months to see them. We turned up in time to watch both of the support acts, Primetime, and King of Cats. To be honest, I can't remember another show where the supports have not only been this poor, but really irritating too. Primetime could be considered low-fi or Riot Grrrl, but ultimately they were just a bunch of women who couldn't play, perform or write songs very well. I love bands like Erase Errata, Bikini Kill, and Sleater-Kinney, and am all for women in bands, but not when the only criteria needed for them to be on stage is the fact that they are women! King of Cats was a much better musician... at least he could actually play well, but admittedly my idea of a good performer is not an awkward guy who acts and sings like a four-year-old! This was excruciatingly bad! In fact, we would have been much better off going to the pub for a couple of hours and just turning up for Joanna Gruesome's set, at least this would have kept our spirits and enthusiasm up. Both supports played for around 30 minutes each (although admittedly it seemed much longer). Then it was Joanna Gruesome, finally. These did put on a decent show, they played with conviction and enthusiasm, although maybe came across as trying a little too hard rather than being natural. The songs are good and they played them well, but unfortunately something was missing. Maybe it was due to having just stood and watched the two exceptionally bad supports which totally brought our enthusiasm down, or maybe Joanna Gruesome just can't quite pull-off this sized venue, and more of a smaller pub-style venue would be better, who knows. But they did seem to start warming up as the set went on, and then they finished... literally 30 minutes after starting they went off, then came back on for a one-song encore and left again. A headlining set lasting 35 minutes! There was still 25 minutes left before the venue curfew, so why did they finish so early and play for such a short amount of time? They have two albums worth of tracks, and did play quite a bit off the first album, so I couldn't help but feel a little cheated by the shortness of their set, especially after the supports both played for almost as long each. My friend had seen Joanna Gruesome before, with the old line-up, and said that gig was amazing. But he also said the other bands on that previous bill were great too. I don't know whose choice it was to include these supports at this show, or who decided a headline act should only play for 35 minutes, but I think they need sacking and someone else to take over this promotion, as I doubt very much I'll ever bother going to see Joanna Gruesome again after this.

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    Loved seeing Joanna gruesome!

  • Poets of the Fall Poets of the Fall on Thu, 04 Jun 2015

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    Great venue. Great band!!

  • Katzenjammer Katzenjammer on Mon, 11 May 2015

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    Wow! Such energy! Such brilliance! Katzenjammer and quite simply the best band in the world.

  • Chuck Ragan Chuck Ragan on Wed, 25 Mar 2015

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    Such a great concert :)

    Tim Vantol started the gig off with his angry punk folk stylings and then Skinny Lister who I am still slightly amazed and confused by, they had an infective atmosphere (will def see them again).

    Then there was Chuck............ oh my gosh between him almost breaking down on some songs to his spine chilling covers of Cory Branan and Alkaine Trio and his angry, angsty cover of Drag My Body by Hot Water Music. It was an intense gig :)

  • J Mascis J Mascis on Thu, 08 Jan 2015

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    First gig in the Scala in a long time, and suprisingly packed out too. J was really good, but the set was pretty minimal time wise, barely just over an hour....i did enjoy it, but oversold and under played springs to mind!!