Dolls @ Shacklewell Arms

This was one of those unusual nights where I go to two different gigs. Having already attended the early start showcase at the Roundhouse with The Purple Lights, I jumped on the Overground to Dalston to head to one of my least favourite venues, the Shacklewell Arms for Dolls single release gig. Having missed the sets of Krush Puppies and Gaygirl, I arrived just in time for Brighton band Projector, and I’m glad I did. They play dirty scuzzy guitars loud, just how I like it. It’s moments like this that are why I prefer to just attend one gig a night, rather turn up for the headliner, because you never know how good the support bands are going to be, and on more than one occasion the support has been better than headline, but not tonight. But to rank Dolls and Projector would be a little unfair to both. Projector could easily headline, but tonight was Dolls’ turn, as it was the launch of their new single Armchair Psychiatrist on cassette.

Dolls are always great to watch. Bel dragged the drum kit from its cubby hole at the back of the stage, to front and centre (where drummers should be). Bel is also one of those drummers that always looks like she’s having fun and smiling. Jade on guitar also has a commanding stage presence with her Vox teardrop and powerful voice, blasting through their set, especially the incredibly catchy, and slightly disturbing, Kid Cannibal.




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