The Dawn Chorus

The Dawn Chorus

A good number of people were probably waiting for The Veils to crack off their set at the end of the night, but while they were still unaware of Rough Trade’s apparent decision to drop this band (a fact made abundantly clear by a performance that was tainted by the bad mood of Finn Andrews) there was still time to enjoy a great performance from The Dawn Chorus.

They are a band that does their own thing. Certainly, it bears no resemblance to the current scene and it may never do – but whether or not people want to hear it, The Dawn Chorus have been busy crafting really good Americana meets anti-folk songs.

As it happens, quite a lot of people do want to hear it and the compactness of the crowd relegated me to the final third of the venue. Despite the less-than-prime viewing angle, the set was thoroughly absorbing with lots of stylistic variation and plenty of eccentric lyrics.

Entrenched within their sound are the minor-chord harmonies of The Beatles, the off-beat eccentricity of Gomez and a wide spectrum of artists that fall within the remit of alt-Country. From the bouncy anti-modern-art of ‘Lobster Telephone’ to the acoustic anthem of ‘Michael’, The DC whole-heartedly demonstrated the depth of their music and the final track of the night was the excellent final track from their latest EP ‘Last Day of April’.

More attention should be paid to bands like this. As for The Veils… least said!

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Steve Fenton writes in our music, words, and culture categories. He was Editor in Chief for The Mag and covered live music for DV8 Magazine and Spill Magazine. He was often found in venues throughout the UK alongside ace-photographer, Mark Holloway. Steve is also a technical writer and programmer and writes gothic fiction. Steve studied Psychology at OSC, and Anarchy in the UK: A History of Punk from 1976-1978 at the University of Reading.

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