Photo by Adam Weatherley

In Scene Report, musicians from all over the globe fill us in on what’s going on sonically in their hometowns. This week Viva Brother‘s Sam Jackson gives the scoop on London, UK. Viva Brother plays Bowery Ballroom on Wednesday, October 19, as part of CMJ Music Marathon & Film Festival.

London will always be London in the sense that it’ll always have the underground shit pits in East that only four people know about and put on bands that reckon once more that four people like you, you’re irrelevant. Y’know like laptop-yielding graphics students who learned how to make a beep loop on Logic then all of a sudden the NME is branding them geniuses. But in recent months I’ve noticed more bands writing actual songs. Which is pleasant.

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