Rough Trade has to be one of the best record shops I have been to. The location, interior, selection, clientele and staff just felt right. Even better was the fact I had the opportunity to go on Record Day itself. Yearly, Rough Trade East and West host an event featuring free shows inside the store. Bands that played this year were, Toy, Adam Ant, September Girls, and so many more.
Arriving in London on Saturday around 1PM, I had been traveling for a total of 20 hours. I promised myself I would not miss this event at all cost. So after rushing to my hostel, dropping off my bags and commuting via the tube, I made it to Rough Trade East around 4 PM. I missed a few bands but I was fortunate to see Younghusband. It was a grungy, dream pop performance that I would have gladly paid to see. Plus the store even had a cafe that, to my surprise, served alcohol. After being weary, jet-lagged and on the verge of passing out, nothing hits the spot like browsing through vinyl while drinking a beer as an awesome shoegaze band plays in the background. Not to mention, being in one of the coolest places I've been to in London.