Last week, amidst a hectic work and festival schedule, my girlfriend Emily and I headed to London to see one of Emily's all time favourite bands, Death Cab For Cutie. Emily has loved the band for years, but has never seen them live. We so nearly saw them at Boston Calling last May [read here], when we were visiting the States for a week. Sadly it was raining so torrentially when Death Cab were due to play that we had to leave before they took the stage.
We parked at Westfield London, which is conveniently located around a 10-minute walk away from the venue, which was the O2 Shepherds Bush Empire. We stopped for dinner at Wahaca at the Westfield centre, which is one of our favourite restaurants. After filling up on some incredible Mexican street food, we walked to the venue and arrived nice and early, bagging ourselves a good spot neat the front.
The support band were We Were Promised Jet Packs, who I had heard of, but never listened to. We really enjoyed them and will add them to the list of other awesome Scottish bands that we like, including Twin Atlantic, Glasvegas and Biffy Clyro. Fairly unusually, We Were Promised Jet Packs had four guitarists, along with a drummer. They multiple layers of guitar and vocals with a Scottish twang created a very cool sound. I'm listening to them on Spotify right now as I type this.
Death Cab For Cutie arrived on stage at 9pm and played for nearly two hours, which was awesome, as many headline gigs are closer to an hour. It was a fantastic gig, the highlight being a beautiful solo acoustic rendition of I Will Follow You Into The Dark by front man Ben Gibbard. The band are very well polished and have a lovely stage presence. Emily absolutely loved seeing one of her all time favourite bands and I left as a solid fan, having gone to the gig knowing only a couple of songs. I hope they tour the UK again soon :)