The Charlatans Roundhouse, Chalk Farm–Review

    Formed in the West Midlands, a frontman from Cheshire and with a vast association with the Madchester scene, The Charlatans roots are somewhat confusing. But tonight, they make Camden their home. For the first time in its twenty six year history, this evening the Q awards opens its doors in Camden and mixes the fans with the musicians. It’s not everyday you catch a glimpse of The Smiths legend Johnny Marr sipping a lemonade whilst chatting with fans. In addition, to conclude the ceremony, indie icons The Charlatans perform a full headline slot. We are in for a treat. Bar a few tracks taken from last years superb ‘Modern Nature’ LP, Tim Burgess and Co take us back to the 90’s. For an hour and a quarter music becomes exciting again. Besides drawing influences from seminal bands such as New Order and Joy Division, The Charlatans still hold a refreshing, individual sound. With many tracks being dominated by keyboards and organs, embodied with deep bass lines and dance beats. It’s almost a genre of their own. Their most successful and historic LP ‘Tellin Stories’ from 1997 dictates the set. ‘With No Shoes’, ‘North Country Boy’ and the record’s […]