If there’s ever a band I like playing at Camden’s Barfly, you can guarantee i’ll do all I can to get my hands on a ticket. Being one of my favourite small venues in London, the Barfly offers an intimate experience at just a 220 person capacity. When Dirty Hit’s latest protégé The Japanese House announced her first headline tour, I was hiding in the work toilets with my iPhone and TicketWeb at 8.59am sharp.
When The Japanese House first stepped onto the music scene, her existence seemed somewhat anonymous. With EP artwork kept to a minimum and vocals layered on tracks heavily produced, it was hard to really know anything about who, and what, The Japanese House was. This made falling in love with her music even more exciting, and overtime we’ve gradually been introduced to the 21 year old pint-sized blonde Amber Bain, who is the face behind the project.
In the months counting down to the Barfly show, i’ve been more than curious about how her sounds would be delivered live. Would it create the same atmospheric ambient sounds, and would Amber’s voice change without a studio?
Amber is joined by a band to help deliver the sounds from her Pools To Bathe In EP, as well as the tracks from the upcoming EP, Clean. The short but sweet 8 track setlist was delivered beautifully, and despite probably being one of the shyest, quietest inbetween-tracks-speaker i’ve ever experienced live, her personality added to the simple yet well delivered set. Starting with Clean (above) and ending on Sister, it was Teeth that grabbed the crowds attention and had everyone singing along, including label friends The 1975 who could be seen in the crowd showing their support.
The Barfly was without a doubt over capacity last night, but the lack of room to breathe did not fault the night whatsoever, as I think I can speak on behalf of the entire crowd that we’re all excited for whats next for this incredibly exciting project…
The Japanese House’s Barfly show was unfortunately the conclusion to her 10-date UK tour, but if you’re on the Australian side of the pond, you can catch her supporting The 1975 at a handful of dates in January 2016. You can also pre-order Clean here, released on November 6th.
Review by Jayde Engledew