Those Amongst Us Are Wolves @ Nambucca

Those Amongst Us Are Wolves @ Nambucca

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Posted 2012-12-14 by Alan Perkinsfollow
The Holloway Road can often seem like a netherworld, trapped between the gothy-indie haven of Camden Town and the refined slopes of Highgate village. It's neither cool, nor gentrified, yet still manages to maintain a dedicated live music venue; Nambucca.

In the past, it gave birth to the critically acclaimed band The Holloways, who released two albums 'So This Is Great Britain' and 'No Smoke, No Mirrors', after playing their early gigs at the venue and regularly returned at different stages of their career.

Visitors are welcomed by the sight of a drum kit, once belonging to Pete Doherty's band BabyShambles, confirming Nambucca's rock n roll credentials.

There is a small room at the back with a stage and a live feed into the bar area, meaning you can choose to get involved in the pit (should there be oneā€¦) or take things more leisurely from the bar.

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There were five bands when I visited on a blisteringly cold Wednesday night with photographer Hayley Diehl, capped off by a headlining performance by Those Us Are Wolves. They play deeply cinematic instrumental post-rock, building a cascading wall of thundering bass and deftly honed melodic lines.

Far from being an all-out noisefest, they break up the heavy sections with eerily atmospheric parts and even drop the occasional broken boogie into the mix. Mark Oliver, on lead guitar, conjures up the kind of ringing, hypnotic, chiming guitar lines that sink into your subconscious and dances around the throbbing rhythm section.

Fans of post-rock heavyweights such as Mogwai and Godspeed You Black Emperor, or even electro collective UNKLE, may have found a new band to appreciate. I am certain that they will play bigger nights, to bigger crowds than this dark evening.

Back in the bar area, with ringing ears, I was left to contemplate what the Holloway Road would be without venues like Nambucca. It was a depressing thought.

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