This was my first London gig after a five month hiatus & more importantly my first london gig of 2016! The Shacklewell Arms was hosting a night of noise psych bliss courtesy of ‘Singapore Sling’, a band formed in Iceland in the early 2000’s & who produce excellent fuzzed up psychedelic noise! They turned up the volume for the crowd & played tracks from their recently released album (via Fuzz Club Records) ‘Psych Fuck’ which has created a massive wave of hype within the underground Psych scene over the last three months. The band showed their true noisy psych colours throughout the gig & played some excellent tracks such as ‘Dive In, AEJL, Glitter & many more. Looking around the venue it was clear to see that the crowd were very energetic and positive! Overall, the bands performance was mind blowing & on par with last years explosive set at Manchester’s ‘Cosmosis’ psych Festival.
Before ‘Singapore Sling’ took to the stage we were treated to a sonic masterclass from New York natives ‘Air Waves’. The band create a heady mix of psych pop & twee reminiscent of ‘Galaxie 500’ or ‘Yo La Tengo’ but with a subtle sweet ‘C86′ sound such as ’14 Iced Bears’. I was hearing ‘Air Waves’ live for the first time tonight & they were a breath of fresh air. Perfectly crisp jangling guitars infused with a layer of psychedelic pop littered their entire set.
Overall a really great gig!
WORDS & PICTURES: Matt Catling.