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The 45s Carlisle / Bitter Strings [Live at The Garage]

A complete sticky lather.

Bitter Strings by Carl Byron Batson

As The Spitfires’ red white and blue exhaust plume fades over the sun-stroked skies of Watford, we are once again lured back onto London’s dark and smoggy streets by the tantalizing odour of hair gel, acne cream, testosterone and the sound of the Beat.

In true Mr. Ben fashion, we open the urine-stained doors at The Garage, Islington and stumble upon a world of bubbling hot hormones and teenage growing pains. Bitter Strings and The 45s Carlisle were tonight’s bill.

Nottingham’s Bitter Strings: Scott Atchison, Ben McConnachie, Luke Pratt and Richie Stainsby were the slightly more serious looking and slightly older of the two bands (and the bass player had the look of a young Lux Interior about him).

Bitter Strings by Carl Byron Batson

Suited and shod in a manner befitting their hard-edged Northern Soul / Rock and Roll / Beat-cum-60’s Garage sound, the boys delivered an all-too-short set to an audience of smitten teenage kittens, displaying generous portions of attitude, energy and gritted determination.Bitter Strings by Carl Byron Batson

Bitter Strings by Carl Byron Batson

Top of the bill The 45s Carlisle looked a whole lot younger than expected (but then again I’m no spring chicken) Nevertheless, these boys range from about 16 to about 17.

The $5s Carlisle by Carl Batson

James Green (vocals/harmonica), Tom Hamilton-Hughes (lead guitar/vocals), Joe Wyatt (bass guitar/vocals) and Bailey Claringbold (drums and channeling the Nick Knox look) were looser and a tad more spirited than Bitter Strings, and proceeded to whip up the assembled girlies into a complete sticky lather with their own take of the aforementioned sound.

The 45s Carlisle by Carl Batson

The 45s Carlisle by Carl Batson

The 45s Carlisle by Carl Batson

The evening left the excitable audience both happy and damp. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for both bands in the future. They may just break on through.

Photos by Carl Byron Batson. Not to be reproduced without express prior permission.

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