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Music Love: Manchester Orchestra

April 13, 2014

On Thursday evening Trout and I were up in London again for another visit to Scala to see some bands. I’ve been waiting for for a long, long time to see Manchester Orchestra. Years. I tried not to get my hopes up, but when one of your favourite bands doesn’t tour the UK for years, and then they sell out the show within 30 minutes of the tickets going on sale, you just can’t help but feel a little electricity pulsing through your veins in the days (weeks) before the show.

I don’t like big venues, but Scala is quite a sweet place to watch bands, with a good layout.
(Yes, I know it’s not a big venue. It’s about a 500 capacity. But it’s big for me! I grew up watching bands at the back of pubs, with crowd numbers of around 200 if it was busy. Usually we were talking about 75 people).

I didn’t have to worry; they were absolutely amazing. We thought that it was going to be a show purely to promote their new album, with very few old songs, but it was quite the opposite – so many amazing songs from the past few years, with a handful of new tracks. Either way the show was incredible; they seemed so humbled by the speed of ticket sales, and genuinely loved playing music for people. There was no ulterior motive, no facade or act – just a few honest, hairy guys playing excellent music.

Anyway, I’ll stop going on and on about Manchester Orchestra and go on and on about food. For a change. Before we headed to Scala we stopped in Angel for dinner at BananaTree. You might remember us going last year during a whirlwind day in London, and the food didn’t disappoint this time around either.

^Street Style Crispy Dough and Aubergine Half with Aromatic Caramel Sauce, herbs, and crispy shallots^

^Tamarind Spicy Aubergine^

^Thai Monks’ Vegan Delight^

We ‘pimped’ both of our main meals and added Jasmine rice, salad, sweetcorn fritters and rice crackers. Absolutely stuffed, we rolled our way down the road to the venue. What a great evening.

Do you like Manchester Orchestra?
Have you been to BananaTree?
If the answer to either of these questions is ‘no’, please listen to them again en route to eating there! 



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