Nedry – Live at The Lock Tavern, Camden

London is an amazing city for many reasons, and a constant plethora of good gigs is no exception. What can be hard to find is a truly great gig – especially the kind that sneaks up on you unexpectedly and leaves you wondering how you have only just discovered a band that those in the know online have been raving about for some time?

Nedry is one of those rare bands.

The London-born three piece, comprised of English multi-instrumentalists Chris Amblin and Matt Parker and ethereal Japanese chanteuse Ayu Okakita, blend the best elements of trip-hop, dubstep and intricate post-rock guitar work into something truly unique.

I found myself at The Lock Tavern in Camden, lured by the temptation of a free all day gig and a few Sunday afternoon beers with mates. By the time Nedry took the stage at 9:30pm, we had already been treated to the experimental pseudo-electronic krautrock musings of Encounters and one-man beat machine Anchorsong, and it was plain to see that the crowd expectations (and numbers) had been steadily increasing all afternoon and into the early evening. Not knowing what to expect, I settled in towards the back of the room to see what could possibly constitute the nervous energy that seemed to suddenly be emanating from every corner of the room.

What followed was a frenetically energised gig that drew on some of the best elements of Massive Attack, Portishead, Muse, Björk and even some of Thom Yorke’s Eraser, but still retained a sound that could only be attributed to the unique musical set-up that created it. Amblin and Parker simultaneously manage to juggle their attention between SPD drumpads, keyboards, a Fender each, Trigger Fingers and laptops, while Okakita runs her soaring vocals through a series of guitar pedals – looping, distorting and overlaying her voice live to create beautiful harmonies, dark brooding whispers and emotive rock intensity depending on where Amblin and Parker’s compositions choose to take her.

I later found out that the trio had just finished a week of sold-out shows supporting These New Puritans at Heaven and current Kiwi ‘It’ outfit The Naked and Famous at Shepherd’s Bush Empire, but there wasn’t a sign of the kind of fatigue lesser bands might let slip when going from such large scale shows to a smaller final Sunday afternoon free gig.

As I mentioned at the beginning of this review, since the show I’ve found out that I’m not the first person to cotton-on to this hidden London gem, but my advice is to get in and see them now while you can because – with a unique sound and powerful live show like this – they won’t be a secret for long. Possibly evidenced, in a slightly surreal twist of fate, by the fact that even Mischa Barton turned up to see them…


About the author

Bryce Keane is a London-based Aussie PR, with a keen interest in digital – but swears he’s still a decent bloke to drink with. When not searching for hidden bars, you’ll usually find him at gigs, festivals or taking any excuse to get out and travel the globe. You can follow his banter @Bryce_Keane.

Image credit: Sebastien Dehesdin

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