Dr Napalm: The Birdâs Nest, London – live review
Louder Than War’s Elisabeth Robson took herself out last Sunday to see a solo Finnish ukelele player down in old London town. She had a blast – and so will you if you take tonight’s opportunity to see Dr Napalm on the last date of his current UK tour.
As a venue for new live music, The Birdâs Nest in South East London has got to be one of the biggest benefactors of up and coming talent.Â Live music can be seen in this historic and iconic venue every night of the week.Â And what more would one want to see on a frosty Sunday evening in December than one man and his ukulele?
Dr Napalm, from Tampere in Finland, is the alter ego of Nipa Nyman, front man and lead guitarist in one of Finlandâs foremost, and fiercely political underground indie bands, Lines of Leaving. The quest for a solo ukulele project began for Nipa completely by chance.Â He bought a ukulele for fun and simply learned all his bandâs songs on it. He then began playing various open mike nights in Finland as Dr Napalm which has taken him on the road that has led to London.
Dr Napalmâs style is anthemic indie punk with melodic highs and rhythmic undertones.Â His vocals are powerful and passionate, obviously those of a seasoned lead vocalist & these are the focus of one’s attention in a highly competent and well put together set.Â The standout song of the evening was âSurvival of the Fittestâ, a uniquely positive and haunting folksy ballad.Â Most songs played are from Lines of Leavingâs upcoming second album.
You can see Dr Napalmâs final London appearance at the Camden Eye on Tuesday 11 December (TONIGHT!!!). Please telephone the venue for further details.
All words by Elisabeth Robson. More work by Elisabeth on Louder Than War can be read here.