Rated 3 out of
35-minute headliner set
I saw Art School Girlfriend just over a year ago at the Lexington, where they appeared on a set featuring up and coming bands worth watching. They impressed. At Omeara, which is one of London's best venues, they came across as more professional than at that earlier gig, but with quite a lot of development still ahead of them. The set was just 35 minutes long, which was a bit disappointing; there were no encores. However, what material was presented was generally OK, albeit lacking a certain "bite". My main criticism is that ASG's material, while very atmospheric, doesn't build to a logical conclusion; songs seems to "give up" just when you are expecting "the big ending". Although pleasant, ASG could do a lot better - and the talent seems to be there. Maybe what's lacking is a direction. However, I'm awaiting the album with interest; often being in the studio helps bands find themselves. Let's hope so.
There were a couple of support act. First up was Ayse Hassan from Savages, playing keyboards and samplers, whilst chipping in with vocals. The sound was dark, not particularly commercial, but nonetheless very listenable. She played a 30-minute set and was well received. I could have done without the constant strobing lights, though!
Next up, Elsa Hewitt. She actually has a 3-album release currently available, of which I've heard the odd track. The ambient sound she projected just didn't work at Omeara. Indeed, the sound man even went as far as to "shush" the crowd by the end so much drone conversation were they making! This wasn't the venue for Elsa, who needs to work on her presentation if she is going to hold her potential audience's attention.
Omeara, though, is a great little venue. One of the best in London.
Date published: 2019-04-11