First up were 80s time-warp new romantic losers Lorraine with a lead singer who thought he was in Spandau Ballet, a keyboard player who thought he was in The Pet Shop Boys, a guitarist who had stolen his sound from the Cocteau Twins all playing with a gigantic reel-to-reel drum backing tape turning in the background while they recreated Duran Duran’s greatest hits. So bad it was embarrassing. Torture to anyone over 30, anyone under 30 seemed to love it. Grow up fast kids!
Then came The Feeling. With their second single Sewn just released the band were on the crest of a wave with a sold out Barfly show. Unfortunately a bunch of deaf students next to me (I assume they were deaf as they had to shout all the time) managed to make it nearly impossible to hear half the songs despite being told twice to shut up. What I did hear impressed. These guys are tighter live than any act I have seen in years and the songs are pure pop, even if they themselves admit to being “cheesy” you can’t knock well crafted tunes. First single Fill My Little World was well received and tracks such as Never be Lonely, Strange and the slightly Darkness guitar tinged Love it When You Call from their forthcoming album Twelve Stops and Home sounded promising. Three part harmonies, Beatlesque songs with a modern twist and a hint of mid-70s US rock - definitely one to watch.