The K's / Paris Street Rebels / The Lids / Al Moses
The Finsbury, London
October 27 2018
Words: Linn Branson
Pictures: Steve Willcox, Linn Branson
For the 27th night of October it was Little Indie's turn to curate as part of the annual #Blogtoberfest event which sees 31 online zines each share their pick of the best UK emerging acts.
We were never in any doubt about choosing our hot four, and as the four 19-year-olds from the South Wales valleys, Al Moses, took to warming up the crowd, we knew we were right. Despite their debut single, the sizzling 'I Want More', still to be released in November, they brought a young, raw and keen presence to The Finsbury's stage, with dual lead vocalists Daf Thomas and Jack Shepherd drawing focus. Having the week before played Cardiff's Swn Festival, as a future prospect, and once momentum builds as their name becomes known, they look like they could be a band we'll be hearing a lot more of.
As the Halloween revelry continues out in the bar, The K's bring their brand of gritty indie rock down from the North West area of Earlestown and Newton-le-Willows to close the night. Hammering out the driving sound of their wiry guitars on hits like the explosive 'Sarajevo' and Little Indie favourite 'Got A Feeling', they soon draw the curious and fans alike into the room. Jamie Boyle exudes a bagfull of frontman energy as he works his raw, northern accented vocals across the catchy, biting melodies of new, radio friendly single 'Glass Towns', interspersed with a jump or guitar flourish here and there. They know how to work it, these four guys, and it's easy to see how they have built up a cult following around the Manchester area.
And as The K's conclude their set, so too ends Little Indie's blogged selection as part of the wonderful #Blogtoberfest. And we couldn't have been happier with our choices for what was our second year curating a night for the festival. See you all next year!