The Family Rain/IC1's @ Queens Social Club -14th Nov
The making of a band is how they deal with being up against it. IC1's began their set with just a handful of people but that didn't phase them and they proved their worth. The London quintet who looked like they had just come from Topman swiftly asked the few watching to move towards the stage so that they can taunt them with slick and powerful indie pop.
They show a range of influences within their solid tunes, a dash of punk can be found within the fierce energetic Wack Jack but was the anthemic Beautiful Ugly and the effortlessly catchy Not Perfect which have helped the band gain recognition from indie's elite. Despite the small crowd the band performed as if it was in front of thousands.
Queens Social Club is a great venue and The Family Rain are a great rock 'n' roll band, the perfect combination. The blues-y siblings hail from Bath and embody big hooks and intense chorus' which come to life on stage. There has been hype around these brothers this year and they have earned the recognition from relentless touring but the hard work will have been worth it when they finally release their debut LP next year.
With influences from modern day blues champs Jack White and The Black Keys they have added a British twist and their powerful on stage performance is as tight as their family connection. Pushing It, Reason To Die and Friction are fine examples of why British rock 'n' roll is thriving.