A night in Camden: London’s Music Scene
Cassandra Anfinson, Tien Bischoff, Elijah Fabrega, & Kayla Wall
Dingwalls bar and venue Camden, London
Booze, sweat and music are the key ingredients to any good show. At Dingwalls in Camden, London on June 12, 2014 The Family Rain headlined an indie rock show featuring two other bands, Broken Hands and Tigercub. The three bands’ producer Tom Dalgety declared, “Camden is where it is all going on if you want to get drunk and see bands.” A Brighton band, Tigercub, took the stage first. Clearly influenced by Nirvana and The Pixies, Tigercub embodies a grungy lonely feel. The group’s three members, James Wheelwright (bass), James Alexander (drummer), and Jamie Hall (vocals and guitar), met at a J D Wetherspoon pub in 2010, bonding over cheap beer and curry. Social media is a big part of their promotional diet. “We normally post obscure pictures of ourselves, that’s the way to get to anyone’s heart,” said James Alexander. Their Facebook page currently has over 2,300 likes.
A fan favorite is their recent debut single ‘Blue Blood.’
“We normally post obscure pictures of ourselves, that’s the way to get to anyone’s heart”
Felicia Simeoni says she is not a groupie, but has fallen in love with their music and its power to help her cope. “It’s just like the worst few days have been awful, but they make me feel so happy, they are amazing.” When asked what he thought about the group, fan Rhys Emberson said, “I thought they were quite interesting, quite grungy to be honest. I like them though, very good. It makes me feel quite upbeat because I’m quite happy at this time.”
Tom Dalgety produced all of Tigercub’s tracks, as well as the entire lineup at Dingwalls. He stressed the importance of using social media to increase a group’s fan base. Broken Hands, the second act, has over 3,700 likes on Facebook, and over 2,700 followers on Twitter.
Dalgety shares a hometown with headliner band The Family Rain; both hail from the southwest England town of Bath. The Family Rain is popular with the locals of London. Just like Tigercub and Broken Hands, they utilize social media to reach an audience. Over time The Family Rain have gained 7,500 followers on Twitter and over 2,500 Facebook likes. They stunned the crowd with their catchy melodies and lively stage presence in the hot drunken atmosphere.
These bands are united by the venue they played on this warm summer night, but also by their skill at using multiple social media platforms to reach out to their fans between and even after gigs.