Ja Ja Ja Nordic Club Night: February
A day before Valentine’s Day Mr. Wolf headed to The Lexington for the UK's foremost new Nordic club night: Ja Ja Ja.
Wolf's London correspondent, Tabi Jackson Gee, has the story. Enjoy.
No cliché’s here!
As our photographer soon pointed out, there were no animal skins or hunting paraphernalia in sight, but the Scandinavian influence was obvious in the audience, with groomed beards and well designed clothes everywhere. With the recent takeover of Scandi labels it was hard to tell who was genuine and who was a hipster in disguise.
Schultz and Forever
Brooding and nonchalant Schultz and Forever were first up, for their first show - ever. The trio are lead by 19-year old Jonathan Schultz who’s had some success with his debut EP ‘Odd Stories’ but has now (in the whole two years he’s been making music) distanced himself from the folky vibes of that and taken a more holistic approach, trying to avoid imitating other people and producing a sound that is truly unique. Schultz and Forever were a great icebreaker – getting the audience warmed up with, and asking around for weed. (It was there first time in London and hey, they’re young.) #rocknroll.
The most mature band of the night were Norway’s Atlanter, who have had a substantially amount of experience between them, though they’re also fairly new to playing together. Their sound is heavy and less easy listening than Schultz and Forever, and they injected some much needed krautrock grit into the evening.
And now for confession time – as I was writing down in my notes that they were Sweden's answer to the Arctic Monkeys – someone tapped me on the shoulder and kindly pointed out 'They're from Norway'. I felt stupid. And a little annoyed that he was looking at my notes. So, just to clarify, Atlanter are definitely from Norway.
Vök: pronounced a little like a naughty word
Ending the evening in style were Vök, a trio from the cozy fishing village of Hafnarfjörður, Iceland. With two keyboards, a guitar, some soft melodies and haunting vocals, they were the band who really made the night sing. Again, it was their debut UK performance, but they enchanted the crowd. I overheard a few people make Royksopp comparisons but to repeat that here would just be lazy journalism.
Ja Ja Ja are planning their second Nordic festival in the iconic Roundhouse this summer. We doubt they’ll be any bearskins there either – just good music. Watch this space.
Words: Tabi Jackson Gee
Photography: Edmund Dabney