It’s the night before St. Patrick’s Day and I’m upstairs at the Relentless Garage, Highbury, to see little-touted band The ID. I’m not sure what to expect, so when they open up the set with a sonic kick to the head that sounds like a night out for the Sex Pistols, the Killers and pre-Joshua Tree U2 I quickly get pretty excited. Guitarist Kevin’s ambient plucked-delayed sounds complement the wall-of-sound distorted colours that he also sculpts for contrast. Drummer Roddy is a faultless powerhouse slamming the groove home with Sean, whose epic, pounding bass riffs could alone fill the venue. A photographer complained to me afterwards that she couldn’t get a decent shot of Sean because he wouldn’t stand still – yeah, seriously dude, you need to work on that…

Competent pop-punk power trios are a dime a dozen at the moment, but these guys have a secret weapon: vocally a cross between Bono and Jeff Buckley – dressed like Pelle Almqvist and with Mick Hucknall’s hair – the surprise in this band is singer Leo. He’s fantastic! His full vocal cries over the top of the band, intensifying the rush that they thrust on the captive crowd. All of the band give 100%. And in case you were wondering, despite occupying a similar age bracket and niche in the market, the ID shit on the Vaccines, leaving their sorry major-label peers whining pathetically in the corner. The ID kick ass.

One Response to “The ID, Relentless Garage, Highbury, 16th March 2012”

  1. Sure – but I would take a swift kick to the nuts over the Vaccines

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