Since the continued success of Camden Rocks Festival, the organizers are running a string of ‘presents’ shows to give you some of the best new alternative, indie, rock and metal music about and serve as a warm-up to the big one-dayer.
The Menstrual Cramps don’t ask for your attention, they demand it. Before the quartet have even hit a scuzz-drenched power chord, they’ve piqued punter’s interest with their striking aesthetic. If the ‘GRL PWR’ patches, obligatory leather jackets, and black dress code didn’t shout their message loud enough, it’s the first chorus of “no more dick pics,” that does the trick. Essentially their set is a dirty pint of jarring sounds, grungy tones, and profanity-laden messages and by the time they’ve walked offstage we’re sufficiently giddy on their grrrrrrrrl power.
On an average Wednesday Bloodlines put on a high-intensity show, but having spent the day stuffed in a van with only the motorway for entertainment, the Glaswegian alt-rockers are abundant with super-charged energy. It’s blood, sweat and beers onstage as the band take every opportunity to thrash around to their math rock-esque bangers, proving they’re every inch the thrilling live band they’re hailed as.
If The Menstrual Cramps got us tipsy with their musical dirty pint, Kid Kapichi are the bar brawl that ensues. Brimming with a liquid confidence, cockney swagger, and testosterone-fuelled bravado, the quartet take the atmosphere from rowdy to riotous. Vocalists Ben Beetham and Jack Wilson dictate the chaos, plastering tails of late night encounters across the room, while firing out swaggering riffs. Between their wildly infectious tunes and buoyant onstage energy, the Hasting boys have surely staked their claim for a spot on next year’s Camden Rocks bill.
It’s a daunting job following the likes of KK, but Irish-London duo The Survival Code make a damn good go of it. Though a sizeable chunk of the songs are stuck on backing tracks, front man Gary McGuinness manages to conjure the sound and energy an extra band member might provide. If he’s not tap-dancing across his pedal board, he’s capturing the crowd with his emphatic and theatrical vocals. Along with drummer Darren’s relentless beats, their brand of punchy pop rock keeps energy high and excitement palpable.
Armed with their new, sophomore EP ‘Wish You Were Here’, Screech Bats end the night on a high. With their stadium-sized hooks, fierce ambition, and badass attitude, the quartet demonstrate why they’re deserving of the top spot on tonight’s bill.
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