Even though Zico Chain were headlining the O2 Islington Bar Academy and Six Hour Sundown were the second support act, To The Bones were for me the best band of the night.
Well, there is actually no comparison between the three bands as they all have a different style.
The 02 Islington Bar Academy looked like the Gasworks hard rock club in Wayne's World. Girls were wearing black skirts and black boots with voluminous hair and guys were a mix of Steel Panther and grungy fans also with voluminous hair.
To The Bones came on stage with some creepy Sinatra's songs (I say creepy because it did not contrast with the atmosphere of the venue). There was hardly anyone in the audience by this time, and to those guys that turned up later - you missed something cool!
The first riff started as singer Rhys' voice started the Intro and followed with "Judith", which held an "Immodium (Breed)" Nirvana sound. The grungy echo, the energetic angry drums and electrical guitars would remind anyone present of Nirvana's songs, but it's the singer's voice and even his appearance looking a bit like Kurt Cobain with his long blond hair and his red shirt that make the difference. Was this creepy too? When you can't think of anything else other than their incredible talent during their too-quick 30 minutes set, you know you listening to something nothing short of brilliant.
These guys were set to blow London away with bassist woman Jude in the middle of the stage, delivering resonance lines on "Sharkies Bone Symphony" at the same time as playing to the audience. Second guitarist Chris performed effortlessly, giving the impression that he was almost too cool to play hard. If the band wasn't good enough to entertain the crowd from the stage then they certainly were on the ground. Guitarist and singer Rhys jumped off to scare away some of the closer members of the audience. Playing in trance with his hair wildly waving everywhere, some rather startled people step back.
Don't worry Rhys, it wasn't you, they were maybe still half asleep from the pre-set Christmas songs; you just shook them up. With the crowd watching very carefully and approving the band by showing some nods along with the beats, To The Bones have once again showed that they belong to this stage and will go far as their sound is precise yet untamed - surely they have enough to support Zico Chain on tour?
The second band, Six Hour Sundown, was more like six hour of pure torture. Even though their set lasted 30 minutes, it was 30 minutes of my life lost that I will never get back. In 30 minutes I could have read Jessie J biography or watch the first part of Made In Chelsea, instead I had to watch a band that was everything except rock'n'roll. Okay, maybe they were not that bad, it just felt like they were. Considering the singer's family relation with Iron Maiden's bassist (apparently the bassist had a daughter and here is the result), one would have thought that their style or even talent would have been passed down from father to daughter - questionable methinks.
The drummer was probably the only one out of this group not looking at the cameras and posing because..err..well, he was playing. With a cheesy, poppy, girly 'lets-try-to-play-rock' sound, the lyrics are as bad as the music. "Rain on me, rain on you..", really? You sit down in a room writing for a day and this is the result?
Overall they were not incredibly bad musicians though, as with songs such as "Blow Out The Candle" or "Angel" they did warrant some merit. However once again, I am led to believe that it is not what you know but who you know in this industry.