It’s the third Friday of the month, which means it’s time for Hidden Herd to once again team up with Lost in the Manor and bring a host of exciting new artists to The Finsbury. Tonight, a feast of scintillating new sounds await in London’s north, with grunge-tinged Brighton quartet Fine Creatures at the top of the lineup.
Kicking things off this evening, West London-based newcomers Nepal Honey unleash a tour de force of virtuosic guitar wizardry and seductive singalong choruses to the delight of their sizeable army of devotees. The five-strong alt-rockers are the perfect collision of some the UK’s biggest bands, with a knack for a hook that dares to fill rooms a hundred times the size of this. Ones to keep a beady eye on for sure.
Seafoam follow and are a far more understated proposition, but their charm and woozy sounds are no less inviting. The newly formed trio are purveyors of hazy, stripped back jams and this evening they show off a shimmering selection of melancholic wares that evoke summers past. The lackadaisical ‘Outside’ is the best of them; a jangly slack-rock jaunt that echoes Hand In Hive dream-poppers (and Hidden Herd regulars) Swimming Tapes.
Then it’s over to Brighton favourites Twilight Driving, who deliver a masterclass in Americana-steeped guitar-pop – just as they did at the same venue back in February (link here). Tonight, the foursome’s impassioned harmony-drenched songs once again make us think of wild desert landscapes, but they’re bigger, bolder and brighter than ever before. Latest stadium-ready stonker ‘Between The Sheets’ is the finest of them all, recalling The Killers circa ‘Sam’s Town’ when they first rocked oil-stained denim and channelled Springsteen.
Headliners and fellow south coasters Fine Creatures are an altogether different beast, giving the gargantuan sound of early 90s Seattle a gleaming makeover in the same vein as Newcastle’s The Pale White. The fast-rising four wowed at this year’s Great Escape Festival, and it’s easy to see why; their rip-roaring debut EP ‘Electric La La Land’ is brimful of swaggering rock ‘n’ roll tunes (‘Money’, ‘Get Up’) that long to be screamed back by swathes of people in festival mud baths. They close a fun-packed affair with an onslaught of strutting leather-clad anthems that seem destined for a bigger audience. Watch this space.