Clark Kent’s Rock and Roll Revue #004 Soap Opera 2 of 3 Feat. Fake Club
August 9th 2013 The Barfly (CLUB JUBILEE) Camden/Chalk Farm (London)
I’m at a gig alone. I’m not in solo mode though and it feels positively wrong to leave now. Hmmm, time to make new friends. Jeff Moh the ace photographer is here…perhaps The Dash are still around? I don’t see them or their affable manager, but I do bump into an old acquaintance – Aisha Mirza. This Oxford graduate/writer and musician has travelled to Camden to hear Fake Club and after a bit of catching up, Aisha, myself and her man-pal move down front.
Fake Club’s "Over and Over" is a stand out track. The guitars are brazen and glam rocky – quite a deft use of Powerchords to illustrate the irrepressible idealism that youth take for granted. Such a hefty banquet of noise. This all-girl band know how to channel their frustration out into the face of their cheering all-age audience. Check out how to film teenage rebellion. This is how you fucking do it.
Over and Over
Go on, click on the link and watch these hyper women. Done it yet? Give em another listen whilst reading on… …Fake Club have an abundance of hormones that natural conversation won’t resolve. This puts my initial reservation to rest. They. Are. For. Real. The spikey almost psychedelic solo from Carmen Vandenberg is quite clear despite the rest of the instruments jostling for aural attention, and I can’t wait to hear this stuff online. And hey, if the musical accomplishment is not enough to be thankful for there’s lead singer Rosie Bones! She jumps up and down screams and shouts (always in tune), Not many a still moment from this firecracker of a human-being! Interaction with the audience is at a bare minimum but Rosie’s communication pours from her near gymnastic knee-up’s, her constant spins to the other members. She is intent on spontaneous combustion. Brilliant. Think Arctic Monkeys, in fact those northern lads appear to be a core influence here albeit with poppy female vox in place of Alex Turners cock-sure scowl. Interesting thing is, the P.R man looking out for these talented young ladies is called Alex Turner, not that you need to know that. Nor indeed is it relevant that the front woman is the daughter of a rather famous animal lover. Nope, and my sycophantic ‘your dad is awesome!’ comment sounds like a bad idea once it leaves my mouth. Note to self: must learn how to speak with famous people’s offspring better. The lady has character though and smiles through her thank you as though she’s never heard such a compliment before. What character. What a talent.
Rosie on knees in front of guitarist Carmen V - Photo Credit: WildBlanket A.K.A