Camden Crawl Critical Conclusions for….NZCA/Lines (2012 Camden Crawl Review)

We’re nearing the end of Day 2 of the 2012 Camden Crawl, although the headliners might have something to say about that. PeteHatesMusic is at the Camden Crawl, and giving a gig by gig review as they happen. Below is our Camden Crawl Critical Conclusions for….NZCA/Lines.

Venue: Black Cap

First Impressions: Granted the stage was small, but did they have to play at ground level in the long narrow bar, so no one could see? That aside, the slightly higher vocals and funky sounds were an immediate winner. Impossible not to nod along.

Stage Presence: 7.5/10 – I couldn’t fully see the stage, but Michael Lovett seemed to have a good time, moving around the small stage as he sang, but not commanding it.

Crowd Reaction: 8/10 – Respectful. Should’ve been going crazy – these guys are seriously awesome.

Banter: 8/10 – I can’t dock them for being unoriginal, but they asked if we were enjoying the Crawl. Without mentioning the weather, that’s about the only thing we have in common. They tried to engage the crowd after most songs.

Number of times they said their band name: Once, I think. It might’ve been the MC before. So zero? Does anyone even care?

Number of girls sitting on the ledge, which is not made for sitting on, blocking everyone’s view behind them: 2. Yes, you’re short. But no need to be rude bitches.

Water/alcohol/neither: I didn’t have a good enough view to tell, but I will guess they drank guava and mango juice. Why not?

The Last Word: 9/10 – Fucking awesome. Although I hate doing comparisons as some band’s might find it insulting, think Twin Shadow meets Passion Pit. Electropop, funky grooves, soothing, upper octave vocals, and all songs that will make you happy and want to bust a move. Immediately catchy.

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