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Islington Boys’ Club and Vetoes at The Social

The Social can be found on one of the side streets of Great Portland Street near Oxford Circus station. I recently attended the EP launch for Vetoes new release, Ritalin/Ritalout at which they were supported by Islington Boys’ Club. The Social, a small underground venue with an upstairs bar is nothing unusual but the acoustics were quite good and it is good size for up and coming bands.

Islington Boys Club photo Tim Bowditch

Islington Boys Club photo Tim Bowditch

Unquestionably one of these up and coming bands is Islington Boys’ Club. They make quite a first impression and their look is anything but mainstream and helps to set them apart from the crowd. But this help isn’t required once they are into their set as the music does more than enough to show they aren’t just another band who will be forever fated as the next big thing, lost in a world of small venues and indie EPs.

I couldn’t help but draw comparisons to grunge rock initially but the songs are too complex to be pigeonholed into a single genre. In fact the band actively seem to be staying clear of falling into a single genre which led to a set which whilst often heavy and textural still maintains a sense of sensitivity.

Characterised by an extremely energetic performance from the lead singer who barely stopped moving the set showed that Islington Boys’ Club possess a stage presence often sorely lacking from other bands that hark back to heavier influences. Heavier rock bands often forgo either vocals or easily distinguishable tunes in favour of volume. Not so Islington Boys’ Club, in fact despite the powerful drumming and pulsing guitars the vocals were rarely overpowered. The band may not be the most talkative between songs but then that suited their mournful style and their energy during the performance easily cancelled out any shortcomings on crowd interaction. The only real negatives of the set were not actually of the bands doing; feedback from the amps caused some problems towards the end and unfortunately affected the flow of the set.

However all in all Islington Boys’ Club overcame these potential stumbling blocks and with plenty to spare.

See the full band review for more on Islington Boys Club

Vetoes

Vetoes

As for Vetoes -

Vetoes were a different prospect from Islington Boys’ Club, pushing less boundaries and sticking closer to mainstream indie rock/pop. That isn’t an insult however.

Bringing a fast, energetic and fresh edge to the frankly overfilled stable of indie pop rock from the start to the last song their obvious potential rings through. They also bring an edge that you don’t normally get with indie pop rock with hints of folk and some heavier alt rock peeking through. The switches from slow intros to fast paced songs were almost flawless and even an instrumental did not upset the flow of the set. The nice variety between slower bass driven songs and fast paced almost bouncy ones kept the crowd constantly cheering and shouting for more. One of the bands biggest strengths is their lyrics, very well written and unlike many bands you can actually understand what’s being sung rather than the just jumbled noise you often get.

The great interaction with the crowd during the breaks in the set to introduce their new material is a clear indicator of a band who is confident in their music and their performance, though a free copy of the new EP did their popularity with the crowd no harm! So maybe not the most radical or genre straddling of bands, but then again why waste time being radical when you’re as good at what you do as Vetoes are.

So – ones for the future?

Definitely – Vetoes should easily be able to find a place in the indie rock world and maybe beyond with their catchy tunes and lively performances. There’s many bands even in the charts who can’t match their energy and nothing builds up a bands fan base faster than the audience having fun which their performances definitely provide.

And then there’s Islington Boys’ Club. I’d be shocked if they aren’t far more wide known by the end of 2011 even if their music might not be to everyone’s taste. They have the potential to go a long way in 2011 if they can keep up the standard they are at let alone if they improve. Well worth seeing if you’re just a fan of music, the kind of band who you can shout out their lyrics right by the stage or stand at the back of the room and just enjoy. If they play near you see them, much better than you’ll normally find for the same money and soon they’ll be playing bigger venues for a lot more.

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