And so we enter February… THE MONTH OF GIGS. February seems to always be a busy month for gigs, not sure why, but I’m definitely not complaining. This month has started with a brilliant band who I’d not seen live before, not through lack of trying. Unknown Mortal Orchestra are one of those bands who you would probably hear one song from once and think ‘meh, they’re ok’, but after repeated listens it becomes a ‘woah hang on, this is pretty special’ scenario. Their debut self-titled album came out mid-2011 and I only just discovered it at the very end of 2011 – AFTER I’d done my end of year lists. Life is, indeed, a bitch sometimes. Their second album ‘II’ was released earlier this year and while I wasn’t immediately taken with it, it was definitely a grower. Although only having released two albums, the gig felt like it was a greatest hits set – you actually realise that they’re full of the ‘good stuff’. While not your typical indie-guitar-band on record, watching Ruban Neilson on stage playing guitar it would appear that he’s a super talented guitar player. They clearly have a lot of fans in London as Cargo was sold out, and I was squashed up the back, with no ability to take any halfway decent photos! While we’re on the subject of Cargo, the venue itself is gorgeous, but the non-refrigerated bottled cider (none on tap) at £5 a pop, the having to pour your cider into a plastic cup before going into the actual gig, and the extreme overload of hipsters make it a venue that I’d prefer not to see gigs at if I can help it. That said, brilliant gig, and I’d see UMO again in a heartbeat.
Here are some less than spectacular pictures from the back of the venue, enjoy!