Yesterday I went with my friend Shane to see a band called Cabbage at the Lexington on the Pentonville Road. I’ve a soft spot for this place. It is a good pub on the ground floor, and the concert room above it is where I discovered Emily Barker. That’s enough to give it a place in my heart.
Cabbage. What kind of name is that? Well, the sort of name an arsey Manc indie band that doesn’t give a f*** would give itself. And that is Cabbage. It was an amazing gig, played by a band that knows it is good and going places .
I didn’t know the band at all well. I’d heard a couple of songs on Marc Riley on 6 Music, but that was it.
But, really, from the moment they began, I thought they were awesome. Like I said, they knew they were good. They had a real swagger about them. 6 Music DJ, Steve Lamacq, introduced them and suggested it might be one of those I Was There moments. I think he was right.
They rocked in all sorts of ways. Given their Manchester heritage, I felt they were the latest in a long line of supreme indie bands. In particular I got the attitude of Oasis and the sound of a Happy Mondays combined with the Fall. With a dose of South London renegades, Fat White Family, thrown in. These are all strong recommendations – this band really made me smile. Lots of charisma, brilliant rock’n’roll, edgy riffs. Just made you feel good.
So watch out for Cabbage if you like indie and rock’n’roll. They are going to be big. How can they not be?
On Friday I checked out their recently released album “Young, Dumb and Full Of…” which brings together three earlier EPs. It’s good, but not impactful in the way the live show is, where the rockers really rock. So try to see them in the real!
I’m hoping they’ll be at Latitude and/ or End of the Road this year.