Bong Idle opened the night with a short but well rehearsed set. Their individual style shone through as a band and they brought a friendly atmosphere into the venue, to make the start of what was to be a great night. With a psychedelic sort of sound, Bong Idle are quite a unique band, despite that the vocals were hard to hear and understand at times.
A strong drumbeat and a killer guitar riff is always a great way to start a set in order to grab the crowd’s attention, which is something Moscow did wonderfully. From the very first song, the singer; Nic Andrews, was dancing through the crowd as he sung, a quirky and interesting touch to the set. The band members are all clearly very emotionally invested in their music judging from their lively performance and their strong, solid sound. Despite having three broken microphones and a snapped guitar string, the band continued to play on like true professionals. After a cheeky glance at the set list and a swig of beer, the show goes on; all dressed in black, the band have a good image, without looking awkward or like clones of each other. The use of cowbells in a couple of their songs added a slightly mechanical twang to their indie-rock sound.
Another powerhouse of an intro from Troops of Mafeking with astonishing bass playing and killer drum beats, the band seem to have nailed their gritty indie sound. As a unit, they create great music, with a mix of tempos and variety; each instrument has a purpose in the songs and that is very clear, as their music has a lot of depth and dimensions which can sometimes be hard to achieve at a live gig.
Who would have thought that a two man band could fill a room with ear-bursting sound? Certainly not me, but Wet Nuns took The Sugarmill by storm, with their heavy, grungy sound. With predominantly instrumental music and shared vocals between Rob on guitar and Alexis on the drums, the duo managed to pack so many genres into their music such as Blues, Rock n Roll, Folk and Garage to name a few. The concentration on both of their faces was so intense much like the way that their instrumentals built up slowly, peaking with thrash metal and rock riffs. The transitions between songs were seamless and it was almost like one continuous stream of music. It got slightly repetitive in places but that made the band feel more familiar and catchy. The feedback from the amp added to their slightly warped and twisted sound, which is so unique to the band.