As you go down the steps leading to the Buffalo Bar, you feel the change in atmosphere, from the buzz of people and traffic along Upper Street, to a chilled out area with colourful decor and dim lighting that is soothing to the eyes. By the time I arrived, around 9:30pm, the place was busy, with the crowd enjoying an eclectic DJ set that included Iggy Pop, the Damned and many other great tunes, including the classic Motorcade by Magazine.
The first band of the night was Dedwardians. The four piece played a fiery set with punk and rockabilly influences. They were tight, with a good original sound, and had a great front man in Paul Gautrey, whose energetic stage presence, had him covered in sweat by the end of the set. An excellent band to watch and listen to, with catchy uptempo songs that ooze a masculine swagger. Definitely check them out if you get a chance. You will not be disappointed.
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If Dedwardians exuded a fiery rock’n'roll energy. Purson, with their cool arty brand of rock were a complete contrast. The differences between bands were like night and day, but both were outstanding at what they do.
The room was packed by the time Purson took to the stage. They had a great look, with a 70s glam influence, with a bit of gothic influence mixed in, not really surprising since lead singer’s Rosalie Cunningham’s voice reminded me of Siouxsie Sioux.
The band played a set of intricate songs, with a layered sound that had hints of 70s progressive rock, as well as glam, and gothic undertones. Arty head rock done well. The audience loved them, and stomped their feet asking for an encore, which they did get.
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This was a great night of music, with two very different bands. I’d recommend both of them, though they are very different in musical styles. My favourites were Dedwardians because I tend to prefer that fiery brand of rock, but Purson were absolutely fantastic as well.
The next Some Weird Sin, promises to be as outstanding as ever, with Sylvain Sylvain from the New York Dolls, doing a DJ set and great bands like The Hip Priests (who I recently saw at the Pipeline, and are my next gig review), as well as the fantastic Ricky C Quartet who I’ve had the pleasure of seeing more than once so don’t miss it!
Lastly, I want to thank Caz Hellbent for letting me use some of her fantastic photographs from the night.