The Others - London, Scala

It's very easy to be cynical about 'The Others'; The tabloid circus that has surrounded Pete Doherty and his less-than-savory hobbies means that any other band that appears in their wake, spouting similar philosophies, a professed penchant for the underclass, guerilla gigs and the like, is going to be judged fairly harshly. Put whatever preconceptions you have aside for a second - the atmosphere at the Scala tonight is electric and there's a real sense of occasion. No amount of hype can buy an atmosphere like this.

When The Others finally appear, you can see pretty much why this crowd loves them as much as they do. First, the songs are bloody good, which is pretty much a prerequisite for any band but, second, Dominic Masters is a superb front man. Combining easy charisma with a sense of vulnerability and accessability isn't easy but he makes it look like the easiest thing in the world. Opening with current single 'Lackey' the band transforms the crowd into a sea of bodysurfers. Domonic has pretty much everyone, including the long-suffering security guards, eating out of the palm of his hand for the entire set.

Musically, The Others aren't great. As with all the best bands, though, this doesn't really matter. What they lack in originality they make up for with passion and that's a far better deal. They're a little punkier than The Libertines, sounding at times like a sort of rock 'n' roll version of The Exploited. This is certainly no bad thing by any means and The Others manage to combine punks electricity and energy with a laid back rock 'n' roll approach; 'Stan Bowles', the ode to Pete Doherty, sees the crowd explode.

It's a very young crowd as well. There's no-one here, bar one or two exceptions, that's left their teens behind. There's a sense that the crowd feel that the band is 'theirs' and that’s a very attractive thing. Tony Wilson once said 'always trust the kids' and he was probably right. If tonight’s gig is anything to go by, you're going to be hearing an awful lot more about The Others in 2005.

Last updated: 19/04/2018 10:45:12

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