Situated in the heart of Shoreditch, the Old Blue Last’s small upstairs stage tonight plays host to two of the most exciting new bands in the country right now.
First up are The Bay Rays – a three-piece from Tunbridge Wells dealing in blistering rock and roll riffs with hints of Drenge, The Undertones and early Kaiser Chiefs.
What their set list lacks in variation the band make up for with a litany of loud, adrenaline-inducing choruses. The Bay Rays have nailed the art of writing great riffs and this is most evident on set highlight ‘New Home’ - a three-minute anthem that is surely destined for radio airplay.
Headlining are Estrons, a more melodic yet equally loud Cardiff outfit who inexplicably are still yet to be signed. Their set is superb – they may have only formed last year but they leave a lasting impression on the audience with a frantic performance. Frontwoman Tali Kallström’s punchy vocal delivery is the main draw here – adding fire and heart to the band’s music.
Sexually-charged latest single ‘Make A Man’ is the sweat-inducing climax – a track tailor-made for huge festival crowds, it brings an impressive performance to a close in triumphant fashion.
Photos: Robin Pope
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