A short trip up the road from Angel station you'll find a rather quirky loft venue inside - The Lexington Bar. Through the small doorway, we were met with a large crowd partaking in a weekly pub quiz. We gathered together, forming a long, narrow queue that spiralled up the stairs alongside collages of music propaganda, old shows and promotional material from all walks of life. Finally, we stepped into the upstairs crowded but vibrant stage and bar area.

The support for the night was a British band called Babe Heaven that showcased instrumental aspects similar to London Grammar and vocals resembling Lily Allen and Alabama Shakes. The chilled music flowed nicely inside the purple lighting with the five pieces receiving a great response from the crowd. It was perfect music in the background; we all could catch up, converse and enjoy whether we were standing besides the bar or sitting on the sofas. Do have a listen to their indie pop sound as well as the ambient synthesis and passionate playing between this talented young band.

After the interval, Cigarettes After Sex promptly took to the stage and captured the audience with truly amazing atmosphere that stuck constantly over the night. The American band kept in line with their mastered music, sounding exactly as they do on both EPs. Also, shout out to the audio technician, as I made my way towards the stage. I could hear nothing but great comments from other members of the crowd that adored the emotion from the song 'Affection', a raw and honest piece full of dreamy flavours that flutter away.

The delicate elements within the song 'Firefighter' were outstanding, containing similar synth sounds to Beach House and echoing spaciousness of bands like Caveman and The Temper Trap. The charming 'Dreaming of You' was the stand out song with its delayed sweeping bridge, echoing lyrics and varying volume. The track reminded me of Kings Of Leon's 'Arizona' with the lengthy instrumental solo also found in 'Knocked Up'. The smooth lyrics “You're the one that's calling me, calling me to heaven” built up, completing this warmness that morphed into a beautiful lapse of sound - entrancing the crowd with its colossal layered reverb.

Finally, the favourite, 'Nothing's Gonna Hurt You Baby', began with its tailored bass riff and scattering snare drum. The key piece we all adored became the heart-warming performance we all craved from the Brooklyn band. The audience whispered back the tender chorus lyrics as it gelled together and gently blended slow-paced romance in the dimly lit bar. We only wished they had more songs to give after the encore, but the newly announced music that they calmly played sounded very promising. A CD version of the album was absent but the cassette tape and t-shirt looked awesome.

Check out the beautiful work of Cigarettes After Sex over on their Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and website. You can also find and buy all their music on iTunes, SoundCloud and their Bandcamp.

Words and photography: Luke Cole