Cable35, Inigo Bar, London, Friday 29th June
By Lily Blank
Walking into Inigo Bar in Clapham, I was astonished to see that it was almost completely empty. About 10 people were milling around the stage area, drinks in hand, as Cable35 set up their equipment. Half an hour earlier than expected, the band started up, the volume almost shaking the roof.
Evidently not deterred by the small crowd, Cable35 rocketed through their set with such confidence that is often only found in older, more established bands who know they have loads of fans in the crowd. They played as though it was a full arena rather than a small bar in Clapham, which was great as some bands aren’t very confident in small venues; not used to being directly face to face with the audience. The vocals (Zerafa/Zahra) were particularly impressive and worked well together, sounding very true to the album but also adding another layer of raw power that live vocals often lack. The drummer (Mallia) was almost bouncing off the walls despite a few technical issues in the first couple of songs.
A fairly short set of about 45 minutes, they played some of my favourites from the album such as Come Down to Party and Cow Head. The crowd, although small, were all very enthusiastic and each song was greeted with clapping and whistling at the end. The band members had a great rapport and were constantly looking over and smiling encouragement to each other, and exchanging witty comments in between songs. (“This song is about penguins, and ducks, and your mum”; I really hope I heard that right as it made me laugh way too much!)
I definitely have to say that after they finished their last song, I was left wanting more. The small venue and crowd did not do this brilliant live band justice, and I will for sure try and catch them again soon.