After teaming up with Big Indie to showcase a new band once a month throughout much of 2018, tonight is the night of the big Christmas blow-out at London’s The Old Blue Last – and oh boy is it a stacked line up, with four Big Nights alumni returning to the stage.
Kicking off the night’s celebrations are Glossii. They’re clearly having the time of their lives on stage, their brash indie-rock constantly threatening to tip over into full-blown punk but never quite crossing the line. “I wrote this song about confessing my love to Henry VIII” vocalist Sofia Zanghirella states with a laugh as they launch into ‘Chop’, a stop-start number with plenty of tongue-in-cheek lyrics to get the room on side.
Curators of fuzz Superego are up next, showcasing their murky brand of indie-rock. Their festive spirit is strong, with frontman Cam Potts musing on why “your burps taste so good at Christmas” before lurching straight into ‘Pain Relief’ which is all wonky guitar lines and spaced out melodies between slabs of grunge-covered goodness.
If Superego brought darkness to the room, then Para Alta know how to light it up with their effervescent indie pop. There’s little time for talking as they barrel through a short set, not missing the mark with their sometimes hazy, always charming music that falls somewhere between slacker-rock and Britpop.
FOURS have quite the fanbase here tonight, with no shortage of people to sing their words right back at them, even on slower numbers. Bringing out hero of the set 'Painful to Watch' in all its synth-pop glory early on makes room for a cutesy Christmas cover to end the night on. The band belt out closing number 'Last Christmas' with a contagious excitement and warmth, all donning angel's halos whilst vocalist Edith Violet throws sweets over the crowd, leaving them on a sugar-high after celebrating four exciting new bands.
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