@purebathingcult Pure Bathing Culture at The Waiting Rooms. PBC are one of those bands whose live sound just can’t be captured, as brilliant as the record is there’s just something special about the music in a live environment.
It helps when you have a brilliant vocalist and a guitarist who can tie a whole song together with ease.
I could watch these guys every night, over and over, and hearing those shimmering riffs for real coming straight out of the amp just elevates the sound. There was also room for more intense renditions of ‘Pendulum’ and ‘Silver Shore’s Lake’, building on the solid recorded versions and glossing it with extra guitar licks and intensity in the vocals.
We got to hear the entire back catalogue, including the cover of Fleetwood Mac’s Dreams. I was delighted to hear my personal favourite, ‘Lucky One’, open the night - this is a prime example of a song where the live version only adds to my love of the song.
To open and end the show (minus the beautiful, intimate encore of ‘Lonely Lovers’) with tracks from the debut EP shows a lack of material, but not a lack of quality. This EP contains some of their best work; the crowd called out for ‘Ivory Cost’ to end the night, and the band duly obliged (as they did again with the encore). It is a wonderful track, with simple, but catchy chorus lines, getting the whole band involved on 3 part harmonies.
In a packed basement in a shabby part of London was one of the best bands, and best live bands, to come across the pond in recent years, and what a pleasure it was to be there for their first London show.
Hopefully the drunk (but polite) hecklers only added to the charm for the band to come back for more. I will certainly be there; if only you could listen to a gig on repeat.