Dr Napalm: The Bird’s Nest, London – live reviewDr Napalm.
The Bird’s Nest, Deptford, London
9th December 2012 

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 Bird’s Nest in South East London has got to be one of the biggest benefactors of up and coming talent. Live music can be seen in this historic and iconic venue every night of the week. 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 Finland’s foremost, and fiercely political underground indie bands, Lines of Leaving. The quest for a solo ukulele project began for Nipa completely by chance. He bought a ukulele for fun and simply learned all his band’s 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 Napalm’s style is anthemic indie punk with melodic highs and rhythmic undertones. 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. The standout song of the evening was ‘Survival of the Fittest’, a uniquely positive and haunting folksy ballad. Most songs played are from Lines of Leaving’s upcoming second album.


You can see Dr Napalm’s final London appearance at the Camden Eye on Tuesday 11 December (TONIGHT!!!). Please telephone the venue for further details.

Lines of Leaving official website.

All words by Elisabeth Robson. More work by Elisabeth on Louder Than War can be read here.

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Elisabeth's interest in indie music began in the NYC punk and hardcore scene in the early 80's before moving to London in 1985 where she continued to both play and write. Always the bridesmaid, she has played gigs in lots of bands alongside such notables as The Fall, Bob Rock, some dude from Toto and Girlschool, but put away the bass (gave it away, actually) in 1992. These days she prefers to hunt down new music with the ferocity of a wild animal and 'out' hidden talent. She has a particular interest in Scandinavian (especially Norwegian) indie music - “because it is SO very unusual, and they usually despise us - I like that”, and endeavors to break away from the mendacity and mundanity of mainstream music journalism.



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