Review: The Robbie Boyd Band – Spring Generation EP Launch, Camden Barfly

The Robbie Boyd Band have very dedicated fans – so much so that two of them even flew in from Italy especially to see them at their sold-out launch party for their latest EP, Spring Generation.  The band powered their way through an hour of music, each song catchier than the last and as foot-tappingly feel-good  as the next, and had the crowd singing and dancing along from the opening lines of I Won’t Let You Go – a track from their debut EP Autumn’s Flown.   Spring Generation was brought to life in its live version as the audience sang along in response to the band.

The energy levels were brought down to a calmer level in their new song Unlock The Key, which featured some beautiful moments from violinist Mared Evans.  The pace was picked up again in A London Reminition, which seemed particularly popular with the audience, perhaps in part due to its nod to Portobello Road, where the band regularly perform and which seemed to have been responsible for bringing an impressive proportion of the audience to Camden.

The Robbie Boyd Band’s songs are best enjoyed live – the audience participation and amount of energy the band exude bring the catchy songs to life and leave you with them firmly lodged in your head by the end of the night.  The Lean, the fourth track off their new EP is another great example of this – a song which already seems to be an audience favourite, again perhaps thanks to the audience participation nature of the song, which added to the feel-good factor of the gig.

The evening drew to a close with Take Me Back To Dreamland, which segued neatly into Red Queen – the slowed-down introduction of which kicked in to an energetic finish.  Boyd returned to the stage to huge applause for an encore: first an acoustic performance of Never Never Land, which Boyd had not performed solo for a few years, before welcoming back the rest of the band for a final hurrah of Amsterdam and I Want Something Different. 

Lizzi Michael