The Kissaway Trail, Bush Hall, London February 2008
This was the third time we had seen this band. First time was up Camden at The Enterprise because someone told us they were the ‘Danish Arcade Fire’ (a description that surely could kill a band’s career), and then at the Bella Union birthday bash from Day 61. They were quite a cool band: five piece, lots of jangly layers of guitars and la-la-la vocals. I do admit my now wife thought they were Scando Spunks - she loved them, but I was happy to trot along to any gig. I was meeting her and a couple of her girlfriends out at the venue in Chez Bu after work. Since we lived in Whitechapel at the time, we were used to using the Hammersmith & City line for short journeys, and it deservedly had a rep for just being shit & slow… but this night I basically rode teh entire length of the line and it was painful! Other memory is that because I had been playing it a lot at work, Lisa, one of my colleagues was also keen to see the Danes and was coming with her beau. I got there a little late, and spied Lisa as I entered, so went over to say hi before I commenced looking for wifey. Lisa had at that stage not met her, but straight away said she thought she knew where Fi was, and pointed over to a dancing, wheeling trio of lasses, swinging bottles of wine around and dancing about the bags on the ground in the middle of the crowd.. Yep. Kiwis. A classy lot. I sheepishly joined the mini-throng. The venue is basically a nice big long rectangle of a ballroom, with simple period decor remaining. Somebody told me it is often used to showcase up and coming bands, industry shows≥ I had never heard of it before that night. Or since. Not sure what happened to the band. It was a good gig, but a better night out, girls night out ;-). Their first album The Kissaway Trail is worth a listen. Still listen to it. Still hate those skinny jeaned, high cheek-boned Scando spunks. Kidding. Listen to ‘Smother+Evil=Hurt’.