Founded in 2009 as an outlet for low-key, intimate gigs in
The evening kicked off with OMYO (standing for 'Our Music, Your Opinion') who were an entertaining way to begin our lyrical journey. They were a fun opening act, a band from Thame, formed as part of a bet that they could produce music. As an act they were brimming with character, deftly charming the audience into clapping and singing along. They also produced a remarkable amount of sweat, so much that I genuinely wondered if they'd make it through their set.
They were followed by a particularly intriguing act, Tiger Mendoza. By its very nature Sofar Sounds pushes performers to strip back their sound, with limited setup time and little in the way of space for the performers. Tiger
The third act of the evening was a bit of a treat for us. Inner Peace Records are a hip hop collective who had released their album the day before this gig and were playing many of their songs live for the first time. This is clearly a talented group that one suspects would need a larger performing space to thrive, with the nine members in attendance cramped together and forced to share microphones. But there was something fascinating about listening to hip hop songs sat on the floor, with the stillness of the surroundings adding a great potency to their lyrics. The songs became sermons, making them surprisingly effective.
Finally, there was The Deadbeat Apostles, a band who've become a mainstay on the
As my first experience of Sofar this was a particularly fun one and I enjoyed each of the acts. I particularly liked the diversity of the performers, with each bringing a different sound to the evening. I strongly recommend you check out the upcoming gigs in