Review: Paceshifters rock London’s Camden Assembly

Dutch alt-rockers Paceshifters played tracks off their new album live in North London last week. 

It was their first ever UK headline tour, and Paceshifters made it one to remember. On a cold February night they filled North London’s Camden Assembly with support from 7he 7ouch and Lullaby as part of their nine-date tour.

Late last year the band supported MCR guitarist Frank Iero and The Patience on his EU and UK tour dates, the trio were even joined on stage by Frank & Co during the the final date of the tour at London’s Omeara for a rendition of Nirvana’s Territorial Pissing.

Inspired by the grunge movement that shook the foundations of alternative music, Paceshifters bring an innovative twist on the genre whilst also boasting the complete unadulterated attitude that it was renowned for. They kicked their 2018 off to a banging start with the release of their latest record Waiting To Derail as well as a live album Live From GieSound Studios. And it’s only been uphill from there, having kicked off their UK tour in St. Albans just a week before, their London show was only followed by shows in Tunbridge Wells and Brighton before they headed back home.

Paceshifters live shows are what grassroots music in the UK is all about – sweaty, messy, intense and most of all raw talent. And at Camden Assembly the three Dutch boys brought it all. From the first track to the last they had their audience in an almost trance like state with their grungy guitar riffs and mesmerizing vocals.

Stranger, off the band’s newest album, marked one of the highlights of the night as it showcased how they have evolved their sound but yet stayed true to their influences and signature tunes. It is catchy enough to win them lots of new fans, yet it still owns that rawness and grunge that makes Paceshifters one of the best new bands you need to check out. Although – they’re not all that new anymore. This is their seventh London show, so if you haven’t gone to see them and you like the sound of 90’s grunge and Kurt Cobain, make sure you have a listen to their new album and then see them live next time they’re in town.

As the band launch into Nothing You Can Do, off their 2014 album Breach, it becomes clear what the trio is best at: heavy, arena-worthy rock. The track would go down as a festival favorite amongst UK audiences without the shadow of a doubt.

But all in all, nothing shines quite as bright as their 2012 track Davis which talks about police brutality. The song stretches into a ten minute session packed with a showcase of their instrumental talents and songwriting skills. Davis is one of those tracks that you can imagine yourself listening back to decades after release and saying “Damn these guys were good right from the start” – it’s a musical gem.

As the lights come on at Camden Assembly we are left with mixed feelings of pure happiness after seeing such an incredibly talented band and the crushing sadness that the show is over. For now.