Camden Barfly, London

18th Dec

Louder Than War’s Keith Goldhanger had (the band) Ecstasy marked down as “group most likely to breakthrough in 2013” after seeing them at the tail end of 2012. He’s still waiting for it to happen, but suspects he (and they) may have to wait till 2014 for it now.

I’ll let you all into a little secret.

I’m a year late with this.

Ecstasy were thrown in the direction of these fragile ears in December 2012.

You know that feeling you get when you hear bands and instantly think they’re about to rule the world and take the music loving public by storm? Well, in my case that happens far too often and far too often I’m wrong.

Ecstasy … Good name, hard to Google (, easy on the ears and they’ve been top of my list of what i’ll go crazy about in a dark room at some stage during 2013.

Well I have a few days left I suppose, but whilst other things have been going on this year, this band have been ….well doing the odd gig they didn’t bother telling anyone about and slowly posting their half a dozen tunes onto Youtube whilst people like me go WOW!, FUCK ! YO! punch the air and return to the band’s tunes the moment the laptop is switched back on in the mornings before writing them letters of praise and getting….well, not a lot back in return.

Which is fair enough.

This is the second gig I’ve seen (and known about) since a year ago. Numbers in attendance are low but hey! … You can’t beat a good tune or six can you ?

Which again, is all we get.

The same six (maybe five, maybe seven?) glorious tunes that are all available at the click of a button and are anthemic, instantly loveable with waves and layers of glorious dream ridden synths and they’re sounding better on every listen and a year later still don’t sound too tired and laboured.

They remind us a little of Delphic. A bit like Depeche Mode (the early years when Vince was with them) and would probably be liked by those currently swooning over the aural delights of Chvrches. They make you feel like you do when you hear the Pixies.

Ecstacy are a five piece consisting of a couple of keyboards, a couple of guitars and two or three singers (divide all that up yourselves) who, when going full pelt, are a joy to behold whether in this man’s living room with the cat or in a small dark room in front of their friends and the odd pen holding fan, scratching their heads wondering where everyone else in the country is tonight.

We get all the hits (my hits) tonight and nothing else and it’s fab. I’ll pick a tune on random and I think you should listen to them.


They’ve got a marvelous looking (and sounding) 10″ vinyl either out already or about to come, out and someone somewhere will be selling these in the hope that people like you and I will dip our hands in our pockets.

The question now remains :

Is this the band that the country are all going to fall in love with like the few of us here have already OR ……. Don’t you just love a cliff hanger …… I’ll come to you with the “or” this time next year. Put that in your new Christmas diaries you get off Santa when he visits.)

Ecstasy … another one of my favorite bands who in (National Lottery) terms of best new band of the year … it’s a roll over ….

If no one out there keeps you updated, then I will – you know where to find me.

I think this band are fab.


Ecstasy have a website and can be found on Facebook and Twitter.

All words by Keith Goldhanger. More work by Keith on Louder Than War can be found here. He’s also on SoundCloud here, Facebook here and tweets as @HideousWheeelInv.

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Keith Goldhanger -- Spent the '90s as a frontman with London noise merchants HEADBUTT - spent the '80s in 'Peel favourites' BASTARD KESTREL. Spent a few years mashing up tunes and remixing bands as HIDEOUS WHEEL INVENTION. Is often out and about getting in the way of things and bumping his head on low ceilings - Will give your band the time of day but will dislike any band that balances full pints of alcohol on the top of guitar amps (Not keen on lead singers that wear hats either).


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