I nearly came in my pants when I realised Settlefish were playing for free just across the road.
Me and my ex Mike arrive at Notthing Hill Arts Club after a long and strenous search. It's just a bloody door hidden amongst HSBC and Subway. Once again I find myself in an basement venue; I guess this is the thing in London. I remark that the walls look amazing, only to realise that there are about 6 projectors in the bar which are simultaniously projecting graffiti/banksy type etchings onto the walls. How funky. I spot Settlefish and nearly wet myself.
Campaign for Real Time, who I first thought was the cause of the gig due to their ambigious charity name set up on stage with something like 6 members. I'm disheartened by one member who is standing in the audience basically doing a LinkinPark and screaming/rapping over some otherwise alright music. He soons returns to his role as back up singer and harmony is restored. There are problems with speakers and continious distortion reverberates around the room periodically. I'm not put off by this. My ears are probably distroyed from Union night the previous day. Back the the band; they have a humble New York type improvisation/blues feel which is a nice contrast to all the electro clash I've been hearing lately.
Well, what can I say? Being a fan of Settlefish for over a year, loving these guys to pieces and the place they come from; ITALIA! I just knew I'd love whatever they gave me. Classics from Plural of the Choir were played; Second Week of Summer, Ice in the Origin, Barnacle Beach..and its these moments that were wonderful. A handful of us knew the words and basically went spastic during the 'hopscotch round the yard' bit. I overdid the dancing, and photo taking, but my efforts were appreciated by a signed poster and sweet conversations with the little italy boys. The new stuff was great too, they seem to be progressing really well; sticking with their sound but becoming better musicians.