Dropout UK @ "Jack Comes Alive", Proud Camden Featuring Example
We Head North Of The Thames To See What All The Fuss Is About!
Described as its ‘second live embodiment’, online and print magazine ‘Who’s Jack’ hosted a thoroughly entertaining night of live music and inventive spectacles at Camden’s “Proud” venue on Wednesday night. Having already been praised in the capital’s media for its ‘stunningly good parties’, the brand’s reputation was boosted by this event, whose headline act, Example, was complimented by some emerging, promising talent.
With the intention of having the pages of its August issue manifest themselves physically in the form of a club night, camera crews swarmed the intertwining rooms capturing the vibrancy of the young crowd, and the various attractions. Having missed out on the goody bag, the highlight undoubtedly being a Calum Best aftershave (yes, he of ‘Celebrity Love Island’/ Lindsay Lohan fame), I was consoled by the impressive DJ turns from the likes of Russ Chimes.
As the congregation began to swell, the evening’s first band took to the stage. Hailing from Southampton, Montage Populaire impressed, offering a charming and mildly experimental set.
Swiftly to follow was David E Sugar, whose display was equally as enjoyable. Flanked by a drummer and bassist/keyboardist, his was a brief but well-received performance. Known previously for his musical eccentricities (namely, his pioneering of Chip-Tune via his experimentation with Gameboy sounds), his shows are now less esoteric.
Upon the exit of David E Sugar, the crowd enjoyed a series of rap hits from which the next act emerged. Mikill Pane is a highly refreshing rapper; his admitted disdain for contemporary hip-hop, and patient, deliberate flow does cast him as somewhat of an outsider. Tonight - white wine in hand - he was accompanied by producer Will Power, who has remixed tracks like ‘Party Animal’ and ‘Lucky’ for Pane. His assisting Pane’s foray into dubstep was a highlight of the set.
Simultaneously, over in Proud’s smaller gallery room, Allo Darlin’ were providing a stark sonic contrast. Remarkably, the twee four-piece (fronted by ukulele-wielding Elizabeth Morris) have existed as a collective for less than two years, although a couple of them do stray from their current day job into other bands. Attracting a slightly older crowd, their indie-pop was generally delightful.
Of course, the evening’s last billing was Example, and it would be a fitting climax. The June releases of album ‘Won’t Go Quietly’ and single ‘Kickstarts’, charting at number 4 and 3 respectively, suggest that the Londoner has now fully hit his stride, fulfilling all previous promise.
With such successful live music, and unique features (I am yet to mention the free food, scantily clad men advertising Jockey underwear and, for those brave enough, the Calum Best kissing booth), it’s likely ‘Who’s Jack’ will be drawing crowds to Camden for months to come.