REVIEW: The Last Standing, Plug

THE rain fell persistently outside but it didn't put a dampener on this Soundclash in Plug's intimate Neutral room.

Headlining the local line up was The Last Standing, a band famed for mixing many genres into their big sound.

They feature top guitarist Casey who, while staying in the background, drove the set with his talking guitar; funk, rock and a bit of blues featuring in a tight performance culminating in the wonderful I Want Never Gets.

Opening the night,15-year-old singer songwriter and debutant Liam Walsh's intelligent, witty and cutting lyrics made a big impression on a healthy sized early crowd.

Fellow young guns Monoking featured a lead guitarist who had the crowd ducking as he threw heavy riffs all round the room.

But the biggest cheer of the night was undoubtedly for new duo The Hot Soles, on just their second gig with a breathtaking bluesy set that left many open-mouthed.

With the unenviable task of following that, rockers Cut Your Wings duly opened all guns blazing with Rolling Free. Impressive new vocalist Russ fitted in seamlessly while bare-chested human drum machine Mark confirmed the high calibre of stickmen tonight with an imposing display. Their eponymous closer had the venue crying for more.

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