Dirty Money No.5 @ Sugarmill 16/1/15

Opening the night was Jub Jub, an interesting duo who categorise themselves as grunge synth pop. Their set was intriguing, and the combination of their suits with their red eyes courtesy of some cool lighting really added something unusual yet exciting to their performance. It was refreshing to finally hear something a little different, and particularly impressive that there was only the two of them producing it.

Also supporting were 4 piece Suburban Radio, who attracted a decent crowd with their energetic riffs and spirit raising tracks. One thing that instantly warms you to this band is their passionate approach to the meaning behind their songs, themselves saying that they “believe in freedom and equality for everyone” and their banner that hung from the balcony stating “we all deserve to be free”. This positivity really did shine through which resulted in an inspirational and jubilant set.

Next up was Calling All Survivors, and with it being their first gig a supportive yet unmistakably rowdy crowd gathered as they kicked off with a high powered pop punk set. They got the balance between original songs and covers spot on, including tracks such as Imagine Dragon’s ‘Radioactive’, Taylor Swift’s ‘I Knew You Were Trouble’ and Paramore’s ‘Misery Business’. For their first gig I was impressed with their catchy original tracks, how professionally they executed themselves on stage and also their ability to get the crowd going.

Headliners Dirty Money No. 5 provided the room with a funky ska set to draw the night to a close. In contrast to the madness of the previous set, their music reduced everyone to rhythmic swaying and some particularly quirky dance moves from a few individuals. The atmosphere that surrounded their set was very laid back and oozed of coolness and experience – they truly have mastered it and I couldn’t think of a better way to end the night.
A great night and great performances from all 4 bands.

Alisha

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