Band Review: London Below rises above
London Below, formerly Tragic Tantrum, preformed at the Electric Ladyland Art and Music Center in Ocean Beach Sept. 2, their first all ages show since their name change.
Electric Ladyland is a very intimate venue with a bohemian feel. The music was almost haunting with dark operatic sounds and eerie melodies. During the show the band asked for the audience to participate and dance along to some of the songs. Most of the crowd got into it and seemed to be enjoying the quirkiness to the show.
London Below, San Diego’s only known dark cabaret band, was formed in 2004, and is comprised of Zoe Tantrum (vocals), Zeph Tragic (piano, guitar and xylophone), Randy Renaud (bass guitar) and Cruz Caudillo (drums). The additions of Renaud and Cruz seemed to add a much needed part to the band as a whole.
Since 2004 London Below has made a few renovations. The band’s new outlook for their music is to focus more on their sound rather than theatrics. Previously the band was very focused on performance and theatrics, using dancers and stilt walkers for their shows.
The performance given was quite interesting and not what one would expect with smaller bands, though London Below is not everyone’s cup of tea, catering mainly to the goth/alternative music scene. If you want an interesting experience none the less check them out.
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