The Lexington – North London Music Den
It’s Aquarius season, which means it was the birthday of North London’s music den The Lexington.
And oh boy does this water bearer know how to party, making it rain with free drinks and musical talent. Emanating dirty-good grandeur, the event was invite-only full of the bustling sounds industry bodies and friends of the venue. Gracing the stage with their presence was an exclusive line-up of only two acts: Brightonian lads DITZ and relatively-newcomers Crewel Intentions.
Beginning the night early, The Lexington quickly filled up with invited guests who clasped onto free pints in each hand – or at least some were. The acts of the night could have been spotted hanging around the venue’s crevasses met with photo opportunities and chances for some casual interviews, before prising guests away from the downstairs bar with the first round of music.
Opening the show was Brighton based five-some DITZ who make you forget all noise-punk you’ve heard and fill you ears with sound overload As masters of reverb and ridicule, DITZ can be best described as the love child of 90s noise-rock The Jesus Lizard and modern-day post-punks Girl Band, who fluently speaks the language of satire which jeers at the faults in our society. Having been a band for many years now, their reception in London has grown a considerable amount, seeing them appear on line-ups across the dive-bars/pubs across the best parts of London. The Lexington seemed to be just another stop off on their mission to destroy your eardrums (unless you wimped out with earplugs) and infiltrate your brain with bitter-come-comedic lyricism.
PHOTO CREDS: Jake Lewis
Entering the stage paradoxically quite coy, DITZ members took their positions, but it wasn’t long before their demure was shattered and swept away by a whirlwind of sound with a setlist that saw them perform tracks from a plethora of EPs and singles, including brand-spanking new hit ‘Gayboy.’
Rich in heavy guitars, thrashing drums and bass lines to knock your socks off, the performance was a full-frontal display of each members strengths – including just how much frontman Cal can pull-off female office wear better than I’ve ever seen someone before.
While the crowd weren’t perhaps the most eager to get jumping about it and meet the boys’ enthusiasm, DITZ were delivered drinks left, right and centre as their applause. But where the audience lacked, Cal filled in: taking to the dance floor while shouting some lyrics in a delightfully immersive stunt to get the crowd involved.
Ending their set with what was known as “the song that never ends”, the boys could be seen mashing guitars against amps and shouting their lungs out before finally giving out and heading into the crowd themselves.
PHOTO CREDS: Jake Lewis
Following the eardrum destroying act before, were Crewel Intentions who came to sooth you back to health.
With a seductive performance, former frontman for Palma Violets Chilli Jesson was The Lexington’s own Marilyn Monroe to their JFK for the night (without the rendition of happy birthday Mr president of course). Inviting you to get up close and personal, the crowd followed the five-pieces implore and edged closer to the stage.
While the band haven’t been quick on the draw to release much of their new tracks, they have bided their time with precision and still managed to cause a stir around their allusivity. Having only two songs and a music video under their holsters, it was hard to know what to expect from the bands set list.
Regardless of this unsure predisposition, the crowd seemed to be pleasantly surprised by Jesson’s gyrations across each direction of the stage, pointing towards members of the crowd making them the centre of their spaghetti western melodramatic tracks. And with each member looking as if they’d stepped out of a Sergio Leone classic, their aesthetic complimented the 70’s eurowestern twangs and epically atmospheric drums perfectly.
With the slight of their hand, each member played with effortless style throughout the set that saw the band perform released tracks ‘Cruel Intentions’ and ‘Youth in Overload’ as well as never-been-heard before ones too.
The lucky ones in the crowd were also witness to a heart-warming moment between Jesson and his sister, who is known to be a contributor to some of ‘Crewel Intentions’ lyricism. While the claiming to perform angsty anthems that encapsulate the anxieties and emotions in Jesson’s personal life, Crewel Intentions emanated certain suave that distances itself from anything members of the band have been known for before.
In doing so, the five-some left you with Ennio Morricone-esk melodies ringing in your ears and sultry performance to visualise them by before leaving the stage same way they rode in: slick and without a tumble weed in sight.
As birthday parties go, The Lexington’s was undoubtably a notable one. Despite not giving out goody bags to party-leavers, guests were gifted with a further DJ set and opportunity to boogie until the tube stations were no-longer open. Job well done and a happy birthday to the now decade old venue.
Check out upcoming performances at the Lexington here: http://www.thelexington.co.uk/events.php
Jump around to the DITZ at their next gig (in England) here: https://www.facebook.com/events/316435918979749/
Want to discover Crewel Intentions for yourself, see them at their upcoming gig here: https://www.facebook.com/events/415031255902993/
Word By Aimee Williams-Maynard