Modern Age Music are a company that specialise in organising gigs, festivals and artist management. They book bands for showcase events across the country, in places like London, Brighton, Manchester Bristol & Leeds, as well as organising full tours for artists like Weekend Recovery.
On the 15th of October, I attended one of their night’s in The Monarch which, for me, is one of the few places in Camden that successfully promotes fresh talent. For example, I remember watching Bones, prior to their move to the US, from within a raucous pit of four people, including me, where two people were dressed in animal onesies, and the Nova Twins playing to a medium sized crowd prior to their recent ascent towards global domination.
Now it is the turn of The Rizzerlers, who I’d previously caught opening a festival for Live Circuit, at Roadtrip & The Workshop in Shoreditch. They’re a young band who’ve certainly grown in confidence, over the last few months, with a lot more movement being employed during a performance that also saw them seem a lot less nervous than last time out.
The rest of the night was made up of Flashfires, whose frontman’s mannerisms very much reminded me of Jesse Smith from the North London band Romances, Southampton’s Djuno & three-piece alt-rock three piece band The Taboos originally from the South Coast now planted very much in East London.
Each act was made up of young, fresh-faced musicians, hoping to make their way in an industry where where raw talent isn’t always the key to finding fame or fortune. Carpe Diem.
Words & photography by Lisa Knight at the Monarch for Modern Age Music on the 15th of October 2019