No Sinner take the stage at the Garage in Islington to a full room. The crowd that has been building since the doors opened at seven is a varied one, hoary old rockers in guitar T-Shirts, suited and booted middle aged men and the young and hip have all come to north London to see the act from Canada perform at their second ever appearance in the capital.
While the crowd has been waiting they have been treated to two fine support acts the first of which are Yassassin. This band supported the main attraction the last time they were in the UK and in the few months since then they’ve only got better, combining bluesy Hoax-esque guitar with the style of the Arctic Monkeys, they do a good job of getting the audience on side and ready for the main act.
Up second are Jakabo, a band from Berkshire who are new to just about everyone here but me. They’ve changed since the days when we used to share a bill, tightening up and polishing their music and performance to the point they could share a stage with just about anyone out there. They gain great compliments from all of the attendees especially for he vocal and guitar performances that are the real stars of their act.
Now, finally, to the stars of the night. No Sinner take the stage looking every inch a real rock and roll band. They dress in a variety of hippy chic and and, in the case of Collee,n a ridiculously short dress that has male pulses racing even before she’s sung a note. Of course Ian Brown, the drummer, is a degree more polished looking than his bandmates, but now even he seems to have caught a more grungy style. They are a visually perfect match between the dirty sound of their music and the style they portray.
When they play it’s clear that the music has them entirely in it’s sway. They writhe and move as one, and more importantly as if the audience aren’t there. This, of course, may be all part of an act, but if it is its well conceived and invisible in application, it al seems so natural. They blast through a set that covers the majority of their debut album, along with a smattering of new, and very interesting material that hints of a bright future. There are times when things get very close to chaos, where the shambolic nature of their music threatens to overtake them but it never does, they follow the edge with deftness and provide a really exciting show.
It’s clear at the end of the night who the stars were. The support acts may have been good, but there is something truly special about No Sinner that is only hinted at by their record. You truly need to see them live to understand what a powerful force they are.