Following a host of super amazing bands playing for us recently – including Wendy Rae Fowler, Witch Fever, The Magnettes, The Menstrual Cramps, Thunder On The Left and Sit Down – we were back at The Finsbury on Friday for another jam-packed night of the best new music, for our last gig of the year!
Kicking things off is the spookily wonderful goth pop of East London’s Candy Cane. Oozing a a synth-driven splendour, their festive covers and charismatic allure is the perfect start to the night.
Second band of the night, Hanya, cast us under their spell once again as the impassioned, subtle power of Heather Sheret’s soulful vocals soar with a gritty edge. Recently expanding in size from duo to trio, the added bass makes their already sweeping, shimmering sounds all the more dreamy.
Next up, Dublin’s Handsome Eric deliver their lush lo-fi fuzz with a driving energy. Considering they’ve been up since 4am and endured the long journey over, they treat us to an utterly immersive set filled with raw, sweeping emotion, leaving me extremely grateful for first coming across them supporting Shamir earlier this year.
To end the night, Fightmilk return to headline for us – complete with working vocal chords! Oozing their luscious, punk-infused indie-pop with a joyous energy and even a few festive jokes thrown in, they deliver a wonderfully raucous, infectiously uplifting set to room filled with buoyant, adoring fans, singing along to each and every word.
Massive thanks to the four incredible bands who played for us on Friday – was a fantastic way to see out 2018! And don’t miss our first gig of next year, at The Finsbury on 11th January with Wolf Girl, Argonaut, The Other Ones and Kin!
Photos: Jon Mo / @jonmophoto
Words: Mari Lane / @marimindles