There was a packed house in the Prince Albert on Coldharbour Lane, Brixton on Saturday for a lively show by local boys Mountain Of Love.
The band features two Alabama 3 founding members: synth fiddler, computer spod programmer and demon harmonicist Piers Marsh and the versatile tub-thumping of Sir Eddie Real, a regular fixture on many a Brixton stage.
Fans of Alabama3 should find lots to like here, although the band take a more full-on, mainstream dance approach, with Marsh’s complex rhythmic keyboard/sequencer patterns keeping the dance floor moving.
With just the three of them on stage and no shape-pulling, arm-swinging guitarists strutting around, they’re not what we’d call the most visual of bands, but they seem happy to let the music do the talking. And that’s OK by us.
Bands like this are definitely seen best in small, sweaty clubs, and there was a busy crowd bothering the front of the stage for the entire duration of the set.
It was a long and loud set mind – perhaps both could have come down a bit – but overall, this was a powerful, engaging set by an interesting band that look almost certain to be playing far bigger venues come the new year.
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