Clash's monthly showcase

Every month Clash showcases the best new London talent in a night that promises the chance to see hotly-tipped artists at the cusp of their fame. Despite the unfortunate last-minute cancel of headliners Japanese Voyeurs, due to lead singer Romily losing her voice, this month’s event proved to be a great success.

Support came in the form of Whales In Cubicles who put on an energetic set with vast amounts of head banging and floor stomping. Crowd-pleaser ‘We Never Win’ showed off the band’s catchy songwriting with an impressive display of hazy guitars, thundering drums and frontman Stef Bernardi’s raw vocals, in what could easily become a hit single. Bashing through a barnstorming set, the quartet sounded the part and looked it, clad in abstractly patterned shirts and overgrown locks. Penultimate track ‘Across America’ confirmed the group’s heavy American influences and also did well to exhibit their talent as performers, beginning delicately and culminating in a wild crescendo of heavy strumming and heavy banging.

Headliners Bones then took to the stage and put on a fantastic show riddled with juddering bass, pulsating drums and oodles of energy. Creating modern punk songs with a nod to traditional rock and roll the Camden trio worked through a stellar set full of catchy, foot tapping melodies and frontwoman Rosie’s distinctively husky vocals, which sound at times both juvenile and seductive. Live favourite ‘Blood’ bled passion whilst angsty ‘Strangers’ revealed Rosie’s fragile side with raw vocals and raw guitars combining perfectly. ‘Baby Got Back’ – to be distinguished from the 80s classic – was about as far removed from Sir Mix A Lot as you could get, with raucous riffs and plenty of attitude.

Watching them live it is hard to believe that Bones are a band early on in their game – both their tight stage presence and brilliantly catchy rock songs scream of a band who know what they’re doing and how to do it. The set ended with the frantically energetic ‘The Do It’, introduced by an animated fan screaming ‘Fred, I want your babies!’ and Rosie announcing ‘We’ve been Bones and you’ve been motherfucking boned!’ It was the perfect finish to an impressive show and saw Rosie switch her guitar strumming to drum banging with magnificent fervour. The only regret was that I couldn’t listen to them play for longer.

Words by Ellie Bothwell

Clash Presents is at The Lexington on the first Thursday of every month.
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