Made the trip last week from SE London to NE London to one of my favourite gig venues, The Shacklewell Arms, to see brilliant London band Sulk. I had been looking forward to this for many weeks as their debut album ‘Graceless’ had been on high rotation on my iPod since it was released. Pretty sure that album is going to be right up there on my best of end of year album list – it’s June already anyway! The support band Whistlejacket weren’t too bad. Quite a bit of posing from where I was standing but they had a few decent songs that kept me interested. Had managed a spot close to the front but although the gig was supposedly not sold out, there were plenty of people in the tiny back room. Met a lovely fellow from GoodSoul Promotions who I had previously had conversations with on Twitter. Great guys – follow them here! Sulk graced (ha!) the stage to many cheers and opened with album closer ‘End Time’ for the sweaty crowd, of which quite a few were singing along. It seems like Sulk are destined to be one of those ‘cult’ (for want of a better word) bands, bands who people either love, hate, or don’t actually ‘get’. Most in the room seemed to ‘get’ them though, and for a London crowd it was pleasing to see so many people swaying and singing the lyrics. The band appeared to be enjoying themselves too, Jon occasionally letting his sulky(!) demeanour slip and grinning towards the crowd. A short set, but full of the good stuff (surprised Marion Shrine was left off – maybe next time?), and at the end of the gig I managed to snaffle the set list. Apart from wanting the gig to go on for longer, their set was near perfect. Looking forward to seeing them again, whenever that might be.
All shots taken with the standard kit, Canon EOS1000D, with 50mm lens. Not sure if maybe Shacklewell have done something with their lighting but it was MUCH easier to take photos with no flash at the gig for a change. No need to bring along my new Canon Speedlite 430EX II Flash Unit, which I accidently forgot to pack anyway. Photos below for your viewing pleasure!