LondonNet Club Review
Bedrock @ Metro Club
19-23 Oxford Street W1D 2DN
Fridays 10:30PM-3AM, tube: Tottenham Court Road
UKP7, UKP6 w/flyer, UKP5 before Midnight
DJs: Mac (Popscene), Little Chris (Collide-A-Scope), and Jamie (Candybox)
Proof that British hipsters have more fun, BedRock
@ Metro Club offers up a sing-along rocking good time
IN AMERICA, hipsters belong to a smug, arrogant social clique who
will only condescend to dance or sing along to songs for the sake
of irony or to impress others with their knowledge of obscure music.
Waiting in the queue outside Metro on a Friday night, then, it was
worrying to see that many people shared the same mock-hawks and
uber-trend dress of their American counter-parts. Upon entry, however,
it was easy to see their attitudes couldn't be further apart. This
wasn't a social club - it was rock n' roll.
Metro is the epitome of what a good rock club should be - dark,
generally barren, dingy walls, a beer-soaked floor, only a few black
lights and simplistic, normal lighting to the scene - but plenty
of people and sound. While those with expensive haircuts and thrift
store suit jackets may have ruled the roost, no one looked out of
place, and bands as diverse as Hefner, Jimmy Eat World, and Cradle
of Filth were scattered around the club, emblazoned on club-goer's
t-shirts. Moving against a wall of people in the venue was certainly
an issue, but there were still a few places to be staked out and
dance the night away.
The crowd was maniacally joyous - they never moved in unison like
automatons, but still sang along to almost every song that was played.
It might've helped that the three DJs all have solid reputations
- but the night's charm is far more about the music they play. The
playlist ran a meandering course across decades and featured the
likes of The Who, Blondie, the Strokes, the Breeders, and the Violent
Femmes. It even extended to blues as the most raucous sing-a-long
of the night was to Cab Calloway. The alcohol flowed cheaply, and
while the Grolsch in pint-sized cans was not as tasty as in a freshly
tapped glass, the UKP2.50 price was tasty enough (shots and mixed
drinks are only UKP1.50).
Bedrock is pure fun whether you are alone or in a group, and come
prepared to dance and sing for hours (but watch for slippery spots
on the floors). If your request is not played immediately, do not
despair - being able to join everyone in dancing and singing along
to the Undertones was worth the wait.