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Soundclash 2011 - January 26th
Time-length-icon 29m 50s
Plays-icon 258
Publish-date-icon January 27, 2011
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Week 4 of Soundclash2011, and the curse seems to be at bay because for the first time in this competition, all of the bands turned up. With sets from OK Roy, Elise, and Upon Collide, the ever- increasing crowd were in for a musical treat. Mellowing down from last week’s manic metal manifestation, we were offered a more idyllic indie taste.
First up was OK Roy, with a shorter than anticipated set. With the lead singer having a distinctive monotony with his singing, it was almost comparable to Placebo but without the hedonism. The band definitely does not like to be taken seriously, even though it is clear that they do take it seriously. They like to perform at gigs, and Cox’s Yard was no exception. Cheeky tune “Shooting My Load” was a definite crowd-pleaser with its adolescent lyrics that you would not want your parents hearing. Unfortunately, the competition may be too strong for this band, and with a lack of followers in the crowd their chances look slim. They were more campfire than forest fire, but hey, we all like to camp every now and then.
Elise was second to perform and energy was definitely flowing through the band members. With a more indie-rock approach, the songs were fast-paced with particular acknowledgment to the drummer, and our first female vocalist in the competition so far. This band wanted to win, and the passion was visible. The crowd were pleased, the band were pleased, even we were pleased with their performance. The band covered Katy B’s “Katy On A Mission” which was by far their best performance, and even being applauded by fellow competitors Upon Collide. With loyal followers, the votes were bound to be close, and Upon Collide would need an excellent set to win.
So this was there chance to play the set of their life if they wanted a chance to grab that prize money. With a relaxed stage presence complete with witty banter, they already had the audience in the palms of their hands. They were the epitome of indie, and the crowd loved it. Everyone joined in with either clapping or singing along to the awesome songs being performed. A couple of tracks were slower than maybe fully appreciated, but they soon got into the flow of things and offered a cover of Killers “Mr. Brightside” that had complete audience participation. Even technical guru Sam was seen to be toe tapping. Did they do enough to secure that coveted first place? Well with screams of encore, that has never been witnessed so far, and other bands’ groupies dancing along to them, they certainly had a very good chance. Respect to stand-in compere with the results, as he teased the audience with the actual winners. I’m a gambling man, but even I could not predict a winner for tonight.
So to find out who won, check out the latest podcast to see if the crowd preferred campfire, rock or collisions.

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