Al Cam made a mighty return to play London earlier this week, we headed down to catch him in action at Electric Brixton.
“We got banned from touring,” Alex Cameron jokes halfway through the night, sweat dripping off him and his pea green suit trousers flapping around his ankles. “They made us sit down for a few months, but we’re back.”
Boy, are they ever. He comes slinking onstage soaking up all the applause, pulling his signature dad dance moves and geeing up rounds of cheers for his band members, in particular his “business partner” Roy Molloy. Starting on ‘Bad For The Boys’ from new album Miami Memory, you have to wonder: who would have thought that satire on incels and men’s rights activists sung by a man with slicked-back hair, no eyebrows and bad sunglasses could be so sexy?
As the night goes on, it’s astounding how many people are shouting back every word to songs from the new album, released not even a week before the Brixton show. Alex Cameron certainly inspires a fierce loyalty from his fans, evident in just how many people are crammed like sardines into the venue. Although it makes for cramped viewing, it’s heartening to see so many people out supporting an artist who deliberately pokes fun at our worst human tendencies, encouraging us all to do the same. Hits like ‘Country Figs’, ‘Stranger’s Kiss’ and ‘Runnin’ Outta Luck’ are all met with ecstasy from the crowd, and everyone knows every single word to chant along.
In contrast to Cameron’s rock star persona, Roy Molloy is comedically withdrawn, speaking only once during the night to give his review of the stool on which he is sat. He is in-depth, rating the stool’s stackability, weight endurance and bum comfort. Both Cameron and Molloy clearly do all of this for the other’s benefit; they are the only audience each other needs. It’s just a nice bonus to be doing their odd music and comedy bits in front of a packed-out crowd, lapping up every second of it.
For a third album tour, the worry would be that the routine is tired and in need of ramping up. For Alex Cameron and his band of merry players, that worry is quickly dashed aside. The pure energy and enthusiasm carry you through the grease and sleaze of his subject matter, bringing a whole new meaning to it in a live setting. Seeing Alex Cameron live isn’t a once in a lifetime experience. It’s a pleasure to be sampled again and again, by any means necessary.