Violet Class at South Street

Published: 12 Apr 2012 19:300 comments

Opening with a pounding statement of intent from their drummer, clean-cut five-piece Violet Class immediately grabbed the attention of the crowd at South Street Arts Centre last Thursday night.

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These relative newcomers seem to still be finding their feet onstage, but while the nerves showed a little during their more swirling, almost psychedelic indie pop openers, one track, Six Penny Step, recalled a down-tuned There She Goes by The La's, which has got to be a good thing.

It was during the groovier, more rock'n'roll-infused numbers - when the band's solid rhythm section really came into their own - that they visibly relaxed; a sign, perhaps, that this is the sound they feel most comfortable with. It's when they bring in dual frontman-guitarist vocals on one track that their songs suddenly make a lot more sense, with the weightier vocals holding their own against the other instruments for a much more balanced sound.

This is a band clearly steeped in 90s indie and 60s/70s rock, with that fuzzy, down-tuned retro sound that bands like The Music (remember them?) brought back in the noughties. It's all pleasantly retro and slightly stoned-sounding; with swirling guitars and the odd nifty little bassline...

Given a bit of time to find their rock star confidence onstage, Violet Class could be a pretty class act.

The band play their next gig at Play, Reading, on Friday, April 20, at 8pm.

Visit www.violetclass.com

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