Live: PUBLIC ACCESS TV // Windmill Brixton, London
New York-based Public Access TV made their return to the UK last week, taking to the stage at the Windmill in Brixton to perform a sold-out intimate set prior to the release of their upcoming sophomore album, Street Safari.
The Windmill may be small but its size does little to reflect its stature – indie-types and music-buffs from all corners of London hit the Brixton haunt to discover the crème of the crop in the underground scene. With most arriving early to witness support from London’s own Chew The Fat, the floor was rammed long before PATV graced the stage.
The gig began with familiar numbers from their 2016 debut, such as On Location and In Love And Alone, all of which went down a storm amongst the raucous crowd. Relishing in the incredible reception they were receiving, vocalist John Eatherly seemed to have no fears about introducing previously unheard numbers to the set. From the first listen, the band’s new material is already sounding epic. Continuing on with their signature cool, funk-tinged yet classic rock ‘n’ roll, the new songs show them improving as musicians, songwriters and performers. The music is funkier, the basslines are heavier, and the choruses even more anthemic.
Public Access TV have that cool New York swagger and effortlessness about them, of which only a band that inhabit the greatest city in the world seem to be able to achieve. It’s gritty and raw, but somehow at the same time, stylish and slick. They remain a completely calm yet confident exterior throughout, and the whole set seems to come to them completely naturally, despite being a mere 3000 miles away from home.
Following on from bellowing chants of ‘one more song!’ from the crowd, the band end the night with an impromptu encore – their first ever, apparently. The sheer level of mutual admiration between PATV and the crowd is incredibly visible, the crowd looking upon the band as if they’re local heroes, and the band looking as humble and as appreciative as if they’d just played to 10,000 people.
Photos: Katie Willoughby