Last night, Nue Magazine (part of Fake DIY) put on the first of their ‘Hello 2013′ series in conjunction with The Old Blue Last. After sadly missing Must I arrive just in time for new Peckham based band Blackeye, Trust Management’s new signing; Trust being the management company to thank for the likes of Splashh and F.U.R.S. The band are yes, another 90s inspired indie pop group yet they do it so bloody well and everything is really tight on stage whilst front lady Chloe is a very charismatic one with white blond locks that look miraculously in very good condition. Sonically they are something like Elastica X Hole, not a bad combo: plenty of great rhythmical and skillful playing and plenty of angst. The only slight let down was their finishing number, presumably entitled ‘Fuck the Night away’ which contained a slightly irritating and unnecessary repetition of the phrase “I just wanna fuck the night away”, yes Chloe we get it, you love fucking as much as the rest of us, no need to go on about it as much as that misogynous looser at school who was blatantly a virgin that everyone found annoying (every year group had one).
Next on are Men’s Adventures who it’s safe to say, I don’t ‘get.’ None of them are musically untalented but they are trying to make weird, ‘quirky’ (it’s a matter of opinion) very, very American country and western music whilst wearing matching ‘quirky’ moustaches and neckerchiefs whilst also being from England. It just doesn’t work for me.
Headlining are Wolf Alice who are significantly responsible for making the 150 (ish) capacity venue uncomfortably packed. Hot off the heels of the buzz created by the announcement of their debut single ‘Fluffy’, which will be released on Chess Club Records, the Shoreditch venue had a certain buzz about it as well. First time Wolf Alicers (a new fan titled in the making? Step aside Gaga with your ‘Little Monsters’) seem hyped to see the band after hearing the high quality material that they’ve released to the internet so far whilst the room is also filled with a mass of music industry professionals and fellow bands. It was ONE OF THOSE gigs. The band seemingly happy pleased and excited by the turn out launch into their first song which is as impressively catchy, tight and emotional as their Soundcloud page lead us to believe. Singer Ellie Rowsell’s voice is deep, cool and almost flawless whilst the band are extremely musically sound, especially considering that they’ve only been together as a four piece for about 6 months or so. The low-fi musings of ‘Leaving You’ go down well with the crowded room whilst the band end on their much heavier, aforementioned new single which includes strong drum breaks, distinctive fuzzy guitar riffs and sexy shouting; everyone gets excited and quite reasonably so judging by this set as Wolf Alice are certainly an act to be excited about this year. ROLL ON A FULL LENGTH EP / LP.
Words: Katie Wilkinson