The night felt like a meeting of minds, as the room filled with familiar faces from all over London (and beyond). Feminist political groups, the leaders of promoters Loud Women and We Can Do It DJs all rubbed shoulders at a show that raised much needed funds for the incredible work of Solace Women's Aid. Until the first of three of the most genuinely exciting bands out there, grabbed stage.
If life were a cartoon, ARXX would sweep your hair back and ripple your skin like a force ten gale. It was our first time seeing them, and they are our new favourite thing. Great melodies, killer riffs, bursting with joy.
We may have mentioned Sit Down to you before. They're fucking great live, fucking great recorded and write scorching songs that sit somewhere around Peaches if she listened to Bongripper. The duo welcome a third musician onstage for the latter part of the show, a guitarist that fed off and into their enviable energy, freeing up the terrible two to let loose even further.
After a stirring speech from a Solace Women's Aid organiser, headliners Dream Nails strolled on stage like they meant business. The songs are DIY punk at their core (and bpm), and the band's vibe was one of rage-filled positivity. And although what they stand for is both serious and vital, they can't help but leave you with a huge smile on your face.
Once again for those at the back, Solace Women's Aid provide free advice and support to women and children in London with the aim of building futures free from abuse and violence. The work they do benefits the whole of London, not just the people they interact with directly. You can always get help. Or, you can get involved.