Review: BBC Introducing in Kent’s 7th Birthday Bash, by Luke Crook



Moose Blood at BBC Introducing in Kent: photograph by Mark Roe

Sunday 22 March marked 7 years of BBC Introducing in Kent and to mark the occasion, Producer/Presenter Abbie McCarthy picked 5 bands that have featured on the show in the last 12 months to help her celebrate the date. The venue was The Marlowe Studio, Canterbury, and if I can take one thing from the occasion, it’s that there should be more gigs like this on Sundays.

Kicking off proceedings were young Folkstone 4 piece ‘Native People’. Delivering lashings of contagious, Foals-inspired ambient indie melodies, they held the stage and confidently set the bar for the rest of the night’s acts. Also, bonus points for being able to talk between songs and get a laugh out of the crowd. Oodles of potential here.

Next came ‘Dead Ceremony’, filling up the stage to provide some sophisticated and elegant electro-indie. Moody and dark in places, the Tunbridge Wells based quartet were hypnotising at times with their piano/synth led songs, backed by solid rhythms that gave a lot of breathing space.

Returning for a second whack at a BBC Introducing in Kent birthday party (They played the 4th birthday in 2012), Broadstairs 3 piece ‘Fish Tank’ brought their unique brand of bouncy ‘Angst-pop’ to the evening. Contrasting thick, heavy rhythms with intricate guitar melody, they channel the likes of Biffy Clyro into their sets, infectious and full of energy.

London based ‘Sam Sure’ is the hotly tipped new signing of Black Butter records, and brings a unique blend of instrumentation and electronica to create his sound. Deep, pulsing beats combined with Sam’s emotive and luscious voice make for a mesmerising occasion. It’s always nice to see guitars and drum kits being mixed with triggers and synth lines live, proving that the two aren’t mutually exclusive. Certainly one to keep an eye on.

Closing the event was Canterbury’s own ‘Moose Blood’. Described as emo-punk, the 4 piece blend upbeat, energetic songs with angst filled, forlorn lyrics and deliver it raw to an encapsulated audience. You can tell this is the hometown crowd coming out for their own, with bodies rarely at rest throughout their set. You can see why they’ll be shortly heading over the water to the USA to play on the Warped Tour amongst other gigs this summer.

All in all it was a wonderful night that showcased some quality new and upcoming bands in the county. BBC Introducing in Kent continues to support rising talent, and long may Abbie and her team do so. I’m looking forward to celebrating the 8th Birthday. And 9th. And 10th.

BBC Introducing in Kent