Live review: Disco Doom at the Electric Ballroom, 25/11/15

Words by Tom Moorer

Combining the fuzz of 'Rust…'-era Neil Young with the wall-of-sound dynamics of the Secret Machines, Disco Doom single-handedly obliterated the mundane winter blues on a late November evening in Camden. Opening up for a Built To Spill fanbase is no easy task but Disco Doom instantly displayed their musicianship and cohesion on stage to enthral every early arrival at the Electric Ballroom. 

Personal highlight was the sublime ‘Rice & Bones’, which echoes Dinosaur Jr at their most tender or Sebadoh at their best and it’s no surprise to hear that the Swiss band have toured with the likes of Lou Barlow before. With a Nineties resurgence in full swing at the moment, it wouldn’t surprise me to see Disco Doom becoming one of the festival favourites next summer – they’re perfectly suited to the outdoor stages of End Of The Road or Festival No. 6. 

Their album ‘Numerals’ is out on Exploding in Sound and has already effortlessly nestled in my record collection between Sonic Youth’s 'Murray Street' and The Black Angels’ 'Passover', and I’m tipping Disco Doom to be one of the breakthrough bands of 2016.