Opening act of the night Vitamin brought summer vibes to the dark venue with their youthful synth and catchy lyrics. Their standout songs ‘Miss You’ and ‘Giving It Up’ were warmly received by the early-bird audience, despite their rather low-key stage presence.
Next up are the quirky and spirited Zibra who smoothly jump on stage with their blend of off-beat indie rock. Despite their youth, their music has a clean-cut sound that is massive beyond such a small venue. Every song brings a fresh sound, and their appeal shows clearly in the mood of the room. Support bands are often lucky to get a warm reaction, but by the final number the little crowd can hardly keep still.
It’s thirty minutes before Rat Boy appeases the expectant crowd with his presence, a wait made worse as he teases us by running on and off the stage. Finally, the young singer rocks up with his cocky school-boy charm and new bleach blonde hair. The set opens with some newer sounds in the form of the fast paced ‘Knock Knock’ and the dance-worthy ‘Stick Up Kids’. The intimate venue perfectly complements Rat Boy’s down-to-earth sound so that, despite nobody knowing the words, every soul in the room is dancing. There is no need for a gimmicky presence or over-the-top set design; the raw charisma of Rat Boy’s music is enough.
When it’s time for the long awaited ‘Sign On’ and ‘Fake ID’ things get a little crazy. The centre of the crowd splits and an incessant mosh pit forms for the rest of the night. The air is sweaty and the room is filled with arms in the air and voices singing back loud. Egged on by the excitable crowd, Rat Boy dives over the barrier and in with his fans mid-song.
The set is frustratingly short, but not much more can be expected from an artists with so few releases. Quality not quantity, however, applies here. The vibe of the whole night was infectious, and Rat Boy is an artist you’d definitely see again and again.