Sporting the kind of line up that will leave Indie disciples in need of clean underwear, London’s Garage has played right into its markets grubby little hands with a taster of three of the most exciting new bands on the breakthrough circuit.

The Wytches open the night with dark strains of menace issuing through Kristian Bell’s screeching , tortured vocal splashed against a backdrop of caustic guitars riffs, each instrument sounding like it’s taking a right pounding to. Stage performance wise, The Wytches are mesmerising. The method of how each member takes hold of their chosen craftin a whirl of lank locks has been likened a hella lot to The White Stripes which is intelligible enough but it’s easier to get sucked into a Rolling Stones ‘Paint It Black’ hole instead. The glorious racket of ‘Beehive Queen’ ensures enough revellers are banging heads however stymied they may be the dangerous riff that enshrouds it. Band of the night.

Much excitement is held aloft for the next act – Charlie Boyer & The Voyeurs. Charlie and his merry, neo-psych men may have strength in a handful of promising songs including their debut single ‘I Watch You’ but ultimately charisma fails to keep the band afloat. Ok, it’s all very indie and cool and exciting to see some guys standing there dreamily with their guitars in muted colours and dour expressions but what separates this current wave of bands from, say, Peace, is the character built up around them. They have the lyrics – “I see you want to rock’n’roll/You’ve got the jeans but you haven’t got the stroll”, they have late-70s Television complex and the strangulated whine of a vocal that seems so popular of late, so it’s frustrating to see why this band just aren’t hitting the spot.

However, in the dank subterrane of The Garage, Splashh are the burst of colour and warmth that it needs. Sasha Carlson couldn’t look any happier as he leads centre stage. As expected the crowd surge to the bobbing bass of the reverb coated ‘Vacation’ and the cries of “I WANNA GO WHERE NOBODY KNOWS” leaving the less noted fragments of debut album ‘Comfort’ to float around the venue. With a 10/10 turnout and an even better crowd reaction, it seems kinda unlikely that Splashh are going to do anything but grow all sunflower-like by the end of 2013.

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