the vryll society + hidden charms @ the moth club, hackney – supported by dead pretties

I had been excited for this gig for a very long time, and I think it’s fair to say it exceeded all expectations I had.

Kicking the night off was Dead Pretties, a young trio from London. They’re loud, erratic, jarring and raw in the best way possible, and the amount of energy these guys had to give was immense.  It was a shame their set was only a few songs long – if you haven’t already, check them out here.

Next was the first headliner, The Vryll Society, who are a five piece from Liverpool. Well known for their psychedelic, soothing tunes, they are so incredibly enchanting. Singer Michael Ellis moves like a snake and would slink about the stage introspective, demure. The shimmering guitars and kaleidoscopic light displays really draw you in and keep you hooked. If you’re looking for music to chill you out and drift off to, these guys are perfect. The Vryll Society’s new single A Perfect Rhythm is available on soundcloud.

Hidden Charms blew my mind and my ear drums all at once in one of the most energetic, gutsy performances I’ve seen. Vincent Davies and Ranald Macdonald share vocal duties, and manage to establish a perfect balance. Davies’ voice is snarling, explosive and fervent, whereas Macdonald’s is on the opposite end of the spectrum; slick, smooth and cool. The band set Moth Club on fire, with punchy guitars and confronting delivery, with both Davies and Josh Lewis (guitar and bass) leaping into the crowd throughout the show. Drummer Oscar Robertson. Special mention to the cover of Captain Beefheart’s “Party of Special Things To Do” – it was insane! Their new EP “Harder From Here” is available on Spotify and iTunes.

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