Along with our brand new site refresh, Hidden Herd and Lost in the Manor are back with a bang for 2017. Continuing our joint oath to bringing you the very best in new live music every month, we return to The Finsbury for our first show of the year.

Whilst the new year may signal a fresh start, openers HOO HAs look to some of the past decades of British pop rock for some of their influence. Their jangly, brash demeanour has us thinking of grunge chargers The Pixies, whilst utilising their own British charm to keep our minds on this side of the pond.

HOO HAs playing Lost In The Manor vs Hidden Herd at The Finsbury in London on 20.01.17

Their latest track ‘Hanna‘ is an abrupt, eloquently crunchy track that drips with attitude and shoulder-slouching nonchalance. ‘Tippex Jeans‘ shows a slightly more refrained, lackadaisical side of the HOO HAs, bringing the best of 90s Britpop back to the modern era with an assured undertone.

Next, CHILDCARE take to the stage to further elevate an eager crowd. Their latest release ‘Film Club‘ has instant allure, utilising both vocal and instrumental melodies. The track shows CHILDCARE’s immediately recognisable sound in droves; their music is catchy, experimental and overspilling with huge refrains.

Their two released tracks show a delightful formula; strong, chugging percussion with many-layered instrumentation. Their confident vocals also carry an additional depth, looking at Everything Everything‘s frontman Jonathan Higgs who can also elevate a track with a similar charm. Like Everything Everything, every element of their tracks have been pushed to the best of their potential with nothing left behind.

Like HOO HAs, this band seem at home on stage. Whilst their recorded music certainly has an exceptional reach, their live show brings an additional element that can’t be ignored.

CHILDCARE playing Lost In The Manor vs Hidden Herd at The Finsbury in London on 20.01.17

Bokito‘s debut single launch showcases an intriguing mix of Afropop and indie rock, sitting somewhere between Vampire Weekend and Leeds newcomers Marsicans who were among Hidden Herd’s Tracks of the Year 2016. ‘Better At Getting Worse’ shows an impressive vocal range, with singer Moses Moorehouse’s voice flittering between delicate quivers and gnarly shouts with delectable ease.

The London-based quartet’s presence on stage is by no means reflective of their short time together. Assertive – and clearly enjoying themselves – Bokito are seemingly a band that have spent ample time perfecting their craft before presenting themselves to the public and are now finally ready to take on the world.

CHILDCARE playing Lost In The Manor vs Hidden Herd at The Finsbury in London on 20.01.17

The four-piece are sure-fire festival band with very wide appeal. Strong vocal hooks give the tracks an undeniably warm quality; you could imagine vast crowds singing along to their tracks in whimsical unison. Sun-kissed in essence, Bokito have a sound that could warm up the capital even in its coldest months. This is a strong, assured debut – 2017 should open a lot of doors for the band.

BOKITO playing Lost In The Manor vs Hidden Herd at The Finsbury in London on 20.01.17