Cabbage & The Blinders // London Scala - 29/06/17

Words by Nico

  • Exciting potential from main support 'The Blinders'
  • Cabbage play solid mixture of old and new material
  • Scala's poor sound didn't compliment any of the bands on the bill
  • Rowdy crowd

I think the best way to describe Doncaster support act The Blinders is if in a parallel universe, Slaves had an illegitimate lovechild with The Wytches, and that child wrote a theme for a Tarantino motion picture. Top Tracks were ‘ICB Blues’ and ‘Swine’. The bass player also looked like a pre-pubescent Nick Cave, nice.

Image: Jeff Moh

Image: Jeff Moh

Onto the vegetarian main course of Cabbage. A solid set from the Mossley lads, who played a mixture of tracks from the ‘Young, Dumb and Full of…’ EP Compilation and new material including latest release ‘Celebration of a Disease’ and track ‘Asa Morley’, aptly named after the five-piece’s drummer.

Image: Valerio Berdini

Image: Valerio Berdini

Having seen the band only once before - an exuberant gig in the basement of Liverpool's Heebie Jeebies, it seemed the band weren’t as energetic in the environment of London’s Scala; singer Lee Broadbent was more rooted to his KORG synth this time around.  The audience made up for this however, with crowd surfing and anti-tory chanting throughout. Through no fault of their own, Cabbage and crowd alike were both let down by the poor sound provided by Scala’s tech, which made the majority of Broadbent's lyrics inaudible – something which sets the band apart. Le Chou closed their set with fan favourite ‘Uber Capitalist Death Trade’, with a little help from friend Angus Knight (NoFriendz, and occasional member of Fat White Family & Wild Fruit Art Collective).

All in all, a solid gig.