The Fossil Collective
The Tabernacle, London
added: 12 Oct 2013
// gig date: 9 Oct 2013
reviewer: Paul Chapinal
The devilishly difficult to find trendy venue The Tabernacle in west London, hosted The Fossil Collective and a lot of idiots the other night, the latter we’ll come to later.
An odd multi-purpose venue, The Tabernacle is as much a gallery and social centre as a music venue. The band played in what looked like an empty square swimming pool with a stage at one end. Steps lead down to the standing area while around the ‘pool’ there is room for seating and standing.
The band has been yoked with the folk tag, and there are elements of that, however, it only takes a couple of songs into this short set to realise that they are far more than that. The group are a duo, Jonny Hooker and David Fendick - they become a five piece when they play live - and of course they are the main focus. Their rich vocal harmonies, glacial guitar and the underlying layer of synths, give them more of an ambient texture than say the harsher folk tones.
The songs from the new EP (Half Light and The Water) were welcomed though they hardly broke new ground. And the band never really broke sweat, it was at times very once paced, and there was a danger that they’d fade into the background, drowned out by the incessant chatter from the audience. Happily the second half picked up with the wonderful Monument and the interband banter showing the playful side of this band. Lobbing in a cover of The Flaming Lips’s Do You Realise got a warm reception too.
All in all an enjoyable night that was very nearly ruined by the aforementioned idiots who just would not stop talking, and which is becoming a real problem at gigs these days. Even during the songs there was a distracting hubbub. Next to me there was a pillock shouting a conversation, completely self-absorbed, apparently totally unaware of the band and or the people around him. It wasn’t clear if the band noticed the noise and if they did good on them for ignoring it and getting on with their gig.
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