Having never been to a gig, The Rookery establishes my first experience. I had the expectations of a gig, almost like a concert in a huge stadium, filled with a crowd, dancing and singing along with the artists. The gig organised by The Rookery at Little Buildings on 8th November challenges my expectations.
Upon entering Little Buildings, I was welcomed with a hallway filled with promotional band posters and photographs of music artists. They show different styles of music varying from rock, pop to indie. The posters bring colour and life to the venue, by establishing their diverse interest in independent music.[pullquote]A gig that unites the performers and listeners[/pullquote]
The venue’s designer has a burning passion for music. Their love is even shown in the bar, with the display cases for alcohol imitating a super reverb amplifier. Guitars, ukuleles, and vinyl are also displayed around.
The performance space was surprisingly small, surrounded with graffiti drawn from chalk. I was drawn into the big hole in the wall. It appears as if someone has punched the wall with anger. Yet, I feel like this has been done deliberately. This avant-garde design truly encapsulates an establishment in resistance to mainstream music.
Opening the evening was a jam session, led by experienced players. The artists astonished us with the smooth flow from each piece, remarkably unrehearsed. Despite not knowing each other, they play in harmony, as if the music unites them. The Rookery offers something completely brand new to gigs with such a spontaneous performance.
Likewise, the jam session reverses the typical focus of a performance. There is no artificial lighting on stage. Instead, the lights are shined onto us. We are the stars, for supporting independent artists. It emphasising that performing should not be about fame, but about showcasing talent.
Good Springs follows with their eclectic songs packed with anthemic choruses. They cleverly mix ska, punk, and reggae. This charmingly incorporates their experimentation with different musical genres, reflecting a desire to break away from popular music. This is incredibly impressive for a band that has only been established since the summer.
The night ended with Fever Days, a four-piece indie-rock band, led by Oliver Green. The band resonates with the crowd, with their irresistible songs and especially their recent debut single 'What’s Your Problem?' A deserving mention is to Fever Day’s drummer, David Barrow, who enthusiastically mouths the lyrics and head bangs in rhythm to every single song. His presence is infectious with the crowd dancing, stomping, and singing their hearts out until their final song.
The Rookery did a commendable job for bringing diverse independent artists at this gig. They successfully bring a thrilling energy the audience can easily feed off from.