(PHOTOS BY GRAVETOS)
Swanton Bombs @ http://www.myspace.com/swantonbombs
Club. The Mammoth @ http://www.myspace.com/clubthemammoth and http://clubthemammoth.blogspot.com/
On the night of the 5th February 2010 the Hobby Horse was successfully packed. Not meaning that it would have been such a hard task. To pack it, i mean - the place is almost suffocating in its tininess. Best fans, best friends. And two intruders with big, intruding cameras (there we were, the Mistaken Press). And Swanton Bombs, brought to us (for free!) by Club. The Mammoth. Which is, by the way, two guys, Ed and Dan, two maniacal music addicts and promoters promising to bring fun and party ethos back to gigs. And to bring us some new music they think we should hear. We also think that Dominic McGuiness and Brendan Heaney (or Swanton Bombs) should be heard. Or seen live, preferably, because Brendan's drumming skills are something next to unbelievable (I can say Phil, my dear camera guy, totally agrees with this as most of the time in between songs or after the gig itself we were talking about just how awesome that was) and Dominic's delicious old-school guitar riffs deserve the magnifying glass that only a stage can give. And if that wasn't enough there was the bonus appearance of Eugene McGuiness in one of the songs...and a drum off between Brendan and Ed Seed. An intimate gig that I hope to remember as "that time I saw Swanton Bombs playing at that tiny little place in Dalston just before they got biiig!" - this band just seems to have everything: the energy, the confidence, the precision and that irrepressible, untainted recklessness that makes their sound so highly addictive. The essential: drums, guitars, guitars, guitars. To the perfection and over again, no varnish, no sugar coating. The British music love child, untamed in their urban wild Waistland, finding us awake in our addiction soaked dreams. Oh, just go see them already!
The Swanton Bombs Live at The Hobby Horse from Filipe Sousa on Vimeo.