Two of London's hottest new bands BLESS and Sisteray joined forces alongside The Clockworks playing in the Workman's Club a few weeks back in the Workman's Club.
The Clockworks- The Clockworks have gone from strength to strength since storming Body and Soul at Electric Picnic '17, and representing their country with pride at Indie Week, Toronto, reaching the Semi-Finals of the prestigious "Best of the Fest" competition.
With sharp observations, blunt instruments and swaggering vigor, the band distill “the immediacy of The Strokes or The Clash, with the melancholic love of words of The Smiths or The Streets”.
With their previous releases receiving significant radio play in Ireland and the UK (RTE 2FM, iRadio, RTE 2XM, 4fm, Galway Bay FM, Flirt FM), as well as frightfully positive reviews from music press big-hitters such as Hot Press & Louder Than War UK, The Clockworks return, sat cross-legged and bold between the fine lines of ‘edgy indie’ and ‘tight punk’ with their new single “Rumours in the Stockroom”. You can catch the lads at their headlining show in The Monarch, London on the 25th of May a location infamous for hosting acts such as The Libertines.
Sisteray- Sisteray came together out of their shared love for bands such as The Smiths, Velvet Underground, The Clash and The Replacements. This is proven in the upbeat melodies and lyrical observations of 21st century Britain, combined with high-octane live performances that have been key to making their live shows unmissable. They have recently built up their live audience through a series of #guerillagigs, using everything within their means to persuade promoters to let them have a first on slots at shows big and small, witnessed by Subculture describing:
Since their formation, Sisteray have been bringing their punk ethos to sold-out venues up and down the country, performing pop-up guerrilla gigs, organising their own club night ‘Welcome to the Monkey House’ where they book the bands, promote the gig and often DJ, and have played roof-raising sets at Camden Rocks and the Isle of Wight and Reading and Leeds festivals. The band's belief and passion in their music, as well as their strong political views, has been seldom seen since the days of The Clash; with Dan recently asked to appear on primetime BBC News, ITV and The Independent to voice his views on the recent Syria debate.
BLESS- Following on from their self-released debut EP Music Comes First - from which came the lead track Daddy Didn't Make It As A Rockstar (described in the Glastonbury Festival programme as "a classic of our time"), BLESS have spent the last two years constantly touring the UK and France, supporting the likes of Frank Turner, The Rifles, and The Holloways along the way.
With their second single Easy Lover being played by John Kennedy on Radio X who described their set as “epic” after catching them at The Roundhouse, it’s fair to say that the boys haven’t spent too much time hanging around. Plucking various influences from Ska, Soul, Britpop, and 60s Rock'n'Roll, they have jokingly described themselves as 'Dr. Feelgood and Dexys Midnight Runners having a fight in a circus, which was referred by The Specials and judged by The Clash.'
Having already obliterated many UK stages in 2018, the boys are about to embark on their biggest European tour to date, including maiden shows in Ireland and Germany, a special homecoming show at London’s iconic Dingwalls and two separate trips to France. They will also be seeing the year out by supporting Dr. Feelgood at The Half Moon in Putney. With a third single in the form of heavy-fuzz-rouser Loser due to drop in the forthcoming months, the band are set to continue on an upward trajectory and with sweat-soaked live shows on the continent and at home, they currently are an energetic force to be reckoned with.