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MIRRORKICKS, Water Rats, London
17 August 2009

An early evening start, which is just what you need if you're out on a Monday night, and my first visit to The Water Rats, close to Kings Cross in London.

I was only there to catch the opening band Mirrorkicks, a south London rock/indie four piece, featuring three young Asians who seem very keen on classic rock; the drummer seemed keen to discuss Deep Purple and Cozy Powell before the show.

When they hit the stage the music was punky, fast and furious. From the outset the bassist and drummer seemed at home on stage; any stage nerves (if there were any) soon melted and a few songs in the two guitarists were keen to move about and chat to the crowd too.

In with the hard rock were plenty of new wave influences, including The Police, and at times a touch of David Bowie (think a cross between his glam and Tin Machine periods).

Midway through the set is the surprise cover of Leona Lewis' 'Bleeding Love', delivered with a punch, and their new single 'Turning Up'.

The sparse crowd certainly seemed to enjoy the proceedings.

With a little more stage experience, this band could well be worth looking out for.

Review by Joe Geesin


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