I've been in London for close to a month now, but up until this week I hadn't actually attended any shows. A couple days back I saw Rone, and last night I had the opportunity to see Indie Shuffle favorites Chrome Sparks. So all in all, I feel like I'm making up for lost time.
While I had the chance to see the band playing at SXSW earlier this year, the foreign setting made the event all the more exciting. And not just for me -- turns out this was actually the first performance these guys have ever done outside of the United States. So in a sense, I was part of a momentous event in Chrome Sparks' history!
The venue, Birthdays, is setup in a basement under a bar sharing the same name. It's a relatively small space, which meant that the enthusiastic crowd that had gathered were able to enjoy a relatively intimate experience. In fact, Chrome Sparks front-man Jeremy Malvin took it so far as to address the crowd without a microphone on more than one occasion. And for the most part, it actually worked.
The show itself was great fun, opening with "Marijuana" and segueing into a few other favorites. We were also given the opportunity to hear a new track -- jokingly and temporarily titled "Birthdays" -- an electronic instrumental perfectly suited for some hip-hop support (Danny Brown?). Overall, two thumbs up.
You'll be able to find details for the rest of his European tour here, as well as his American tour here.