By 8pm on a Monday night, The Five Bells pub in New Cross, London was already packed out in anticipation of So Young Magazine’s 16th issue launch.
The night started with a short but sweet set from Terrible Humans. With rough Britpop-inspired guitar and gnarly vocals this band (despite only having a few demos out at the moment) started the night off well and got people up and moving straight away!
The next act was the personal highlight of the evening, former Dead Pretties frontman Jacob Slater. Unlike a lot of his previous material, Slater’s set consisted of just himself and a guitar. He played a number of his recent soundcloud releases, hushing the crowd with his calm and harmonious sound and distinct voice. To finish his set Jacob played the 3rd Dead Pretties single, Water, which was immediately recognised by many people in the crowd who began to sing along.
The third band to grace the stage was Cambridge band, UGLY. With funky, twangy beats and deep, droning vocals, their set began with single Switch which has a catchy rhythm and is great to bop along to. As their Instagram bio suggests, they “may or may not put out an album at some point”. Patience is a virtue, here’s hoping!
The penultimate band of the night was London-based energetic power pop band Sistertalk. A combination of dark vocal licks and melodic, discordant backing track made for a vibrant performance.
The final set of the night came from London-based Irish trio Whenyoung. Their feel-good sound lifted spirits and had almost everyone dancing about. Vocals from frontwoman Aofie Powers set this band apart from the other performances of the night. A lovely finale
The Five Bells stayed open into the small hours of the night with a DJ set from Nice Movers. A wonderfully communal celebration for So Young Magazine’s 16th issue launch and a fantastic place to discover your next favourite artist!
Words by Charlie Lucas.