‘It’s easy to understand why so many young folk (myself included) felt disconnected from the times they were living in and were seduced by the poetic paisley haze and noisy positive moxie of an era rich with romanticism and escapism, rather than endure the ghastly, harsh, mundane reality of ’80s Thatcher Britain.’ – Sam Knee
1980s. ‘The indie scene was an alluring way out, offering romanticism and reality at the same time. It was a life choice, not just a fad.’ Sam Knee, the author of A Scene in Between, remembers. ‘The scene was purely a coincidental natural occurrence of the times, and history can never be repeated in the same way. But it remains an influence and inspiration for all future idealists to pull from…’ he adds.
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2016. There are still some underground scenes that exist and thrive away from the mainstream culture. A youth either apolitical or politically leaning to the left is gathering all around London, in their own secret places…
© Photo by Kate Woods
Like a hidden gem behind Stamford Brook underground station in West London, after a few-minute walk through Wilson Walk, is the Arch Studio. At the end of the corridor, whose walls are impregnated with a smell of sweat, a band plays upstairs in the rehearsal room with the arched ceiling. Their name is Balcony. They’re a London-based unsigned band composed of four music lovers — although only three of them are present today — playing their instruments, singing their heart out and slowly escaping what is.
A beer in one hand and a cigarette in the other, their outfits range from skinny black jeans, loose fitting t-shirts, vintage velvet jackets and ‘Beatles boots’ to trainers, Doc Martens and leather coats. A mix of different vintage styles that resonate with their very aerial, galactic, psychedelic sounds.
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