Levi's Craft of Music: Worship & Visions Of Trees

Final support gig concludes in advance of Primal Scream
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The third night of the Levi’s Craft of Music series went out with aplomb as Levi’s kindly invited fans into their Regent Street flagship store for the last night of discounted denim and music from some of the best bands on the circuit right now. The premise of the gigs rests on the opportunity for the selected bands to showcase the kind of sounds that could win them a highly coveted warm-up spot at the very special one off show headlined by Primal Scream this coming November 10th at the Electric Brixton. Tonight was the turn of London two-piece, Visions of Trees, and the brooding quartet, Worship, to try and supply you with a reason to vote for them.

First up to present their wares was the two-piece electronic outfit, Visions of Trees, made up of Londoners, Joni Juden and Sara Atalar. Not shirking at the opportunity to raise the energy levels in the darkened front room of the Levi’s store, the duo jump straight in at the deep end with a set of pumping rave-filled vigour. Vocalist, Atalar, seduces with her coquettish teasing, casually twisting and turning as her vocals gently encapsulate the loosened-up crowd. At once, her classically trained background becomes evident, only for it to be disseminated by the wild echo and reverb of Joni’s flipped-out programming.

Clad in a uniform of black leather with hoodies pulled up high over their heads, Visions of Trees may work more of an emo-goth aesthetic but their sound is undoubtedly led by a kind of pop-filled dance determination which touches on influences as diverse as R&B, tropicalia and trance. The man behind all the music, Joni Juden, pumps out vein pumping bass lines, rain soaked sputtering percussion and swirling patterns of neon coloured synths. If only Levi’s had of supplied the lasers too, I’m sure there would have been hands high in the air, grasping for a touch.

Second in line came the all male rock-quartet, Worship, who take to the stage in a flurry of activity and waste no time in immersing themselves in their brooding atmosphere of melodic intent. It’s a surprise to find out later that the band have only been making music together since 2010, seemingly in such a short amount of time they appear to have honed their skills for creating lingering melodies that chill straight to the bone and have obviously left a lasting impression on their female fan base who were vocally more than present on the night.

An incident of a falling laptop does nothing to break the steely determination evident on all four members of the band, not least most palpable in drummer, Tom Mayo, who steals the show with his unbelievably on-point percussion. Tim Alexander’s hauntingly ethereal vocals also more than captivate as they subtly meander underneath big crashing walls of sound.

With a crowd left more than satisfied at the evening of music that unfurled, all that is left is for you to make your mark too and cast your vote over at the Levi's website.

Words by Laura Humphries
Photos by Tom Bunning & Nic Serpell-Rand

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