This month’s gig was put together for The Frankly’s single launch of ‘Castaway’ at Shacklewell Arms. I was finally able to put Calva Louise on a line-up which was a happy moment and the lovely Berries were first support.
Opening up the show for us were Berries, an alternative rock trio based in London. Berries are already firing up a storm and have supported the likes of Andy Bennett (Ocean Colour Scene) and have been played on BBC London Introducing, Amazing Radio and Get In Her Ears. The minute they stepped on the stage Berries put every ounce of energy into their playing. It was a tight set full of catchy choruses, melodic riffs and creative basslines. Holly is a strong songwriter who creates inventive guitar parts and has the stage charisma to compliment it.
Calva Louise are undoubtedly one of the tightest bands in London. They create instant fire on stage with their electric chemistry, punk attitude and constant energy. An array of punk belters fill their set with song ‘Show’ being a stand out. Jess leads the band with a confidence in her technical ability and her passion shines through. She is an astounding example of how female musicians can be just as talented and rock ‘n’ roll as any male. Alizon and Ben are a solid base for her to be able to play around and take the songs into the climax they need. Both having their own flair and a build of energy to keep the songs full and alive. Calva Louise have already had some great support slots with bands like Spring King and it’s obvious from their live performances where they’re headed.
Headlining the night were The Franklys. New song ‘Castaway’ which the band were launching for this night is a catchy display of retro garage rock. The band have something really intriguing about their sound with remnants of Hole and Bikini Kill. They produce an interesting combination of modern and retro sounds that make them something different in the sea of London garage bands. Oozing with a lively stage presence and conviction these ladies have everything to give.
As always thanks to all the bands for being so lovely to work with and for putting on such a great show for us!
Words and photos by Kelly Chard