Kassidy - Hoxton Bar & Kitchen, London
Taking to the stage a little later than planned this evening, Kassidy don't waste any time whatsoever. Their brand of acoustic-driven country-pop immediately fills the dark room, with the sound being brilliantly crisp and clear. This can only help Kassidy, their most obvious asset being the four voices swimming around the room in beautiful harmony.
In amongst the vocals and acoustic guitar however comes some fantastically bluesy electric solos that fill out the sound and liven up some otherwise straightforward songs. Elsewhere, accordion and lovely sounding retro-keyboard sounds are brought to life, giving the whole thing a warmth and intimacy that brings the crowd in. However, there seems to be quite an Americanised feel to tonight, something which belies their Scottish origins and makes the proceedings all seem a little safe and not particularly adventurous.
Despite this though, they do know how to write memorable tunes, and Kassidy have the crowd in the palm of their hands throughout as they run through tracks from their recently released Rubbergum EP. A promising start for these guys, and having been picked up by Vertigo, there’s surely better to come from this long-haired foursome.