fiN - Bush Hall, London
One of the latest bands to come along and try to prove that rock isn’t dead, London four-piece fiN have just released double A-side ‘Twenty Three / Eve’ with tonight’s set at a sold-out Bush Hall its official launch. But before we get into the meat of their set, special mention must go to The Jessie Rose Trip who delivered as assured a set as we’ve heard from an opening act in many a while. With husky, soulful vocals, it’s little wonder that Jessie has been compared to Amy Winehouse, but it’s the way she confidently works the crowd that impresses most. Mental note made to check out more, it’s swiftly onto fiN – via an uninspired main support – and, much like tonight’s openers, confidence is not something they lack.
With the moodily magnificent instrumental ‘The Artisan’ setting the bar for the rest of the set to follow, the four-piece rattle through ten tracks in little over 40 minutes with quality and energy levels rarely dropping. A technical hitch – predominantly brought on by front man Luke Joyce’s exuberance more than anything – robs ‘Twenty Three’ of its raw power a touch, but the band don’t let it bother them with Joyce playing up to the crowd once the problem is resolved. And they’re swiftly back into their stride for the rest of the set which included a playful, rocked-up cover of Talking Heads’ ‘Once In A Lifetime’ chucked in for good measure along the way, before the ferocious ‘Life Is Wasted On The Living’, replete with crowd participation, ended proceedings.
If tonight proves anything, it’s that fiN are born for the live arena. The whole band have their moves, but it’s Joyce who has the swaggering front man role down to a tee; from microphone posturing to letting himself be fondled by the crowd as he leans over them during the set, before walking through them in the finale, Joyce knows how to put on a show. This on its own would mean nothing however without the sharp interplay of the band behind him, resulting in a set that remains consistently engaging and thrilling throughout. Guitar bands are over? Something tells us fiN didn’t get the memo.
IT CHANGES EVERYTHING
ONCE IN A LIFETIME (Talking Heads cover)
TRUTH LIES IN HONESTY
EVERYBODY DIES ALONE
LIFE IS WASTED ON THE LIVING