Walking on Cars signed to Virgin EMI (founded by local resident Richard Branson) six years ago as built up an ever increasing fan base by gigging as much as possible and London was an early stop on its recent UK tour. The band was scheduled to play at the Shepherds Bush Empire, but because of on-going roof repairs, the gig was moved to the Forum in Kentish Town.
Repairs where a bit of a theme. Songs about fixing a broken heart and actually having to repair the piano sustain pedal during the set were part of the night. Singer Patrick Sheehy covered with voice and guitar until they were clear to continue with all instruments in full working order. It in no way marred a good gig and served to show Walking on Cars is a talented team of musicians.
Loyal fans packed the venue, they just kept singing along and were in especially fine voice during ‘Love Backs Down’. The highlight was when the band played its hit ‘Speeding Cars’. This intense, filmic track captured everyone – largely due to the committed and emotional delivery.
Walking on Cars has passionate, honest, technically complex songs. ‘Find me now’ and ‘Flying High’ are good examples of this. Producer Tom McFall’s influence on the new album ‘Everything This Way’ was pretty clear – he has worked with R.E.M, Snow Patrol & Block Party. Great musicians, great songs, great hats and a great crowd all went ‘Hand in Hand’ to make a pleasing evening