Just metres away from the hustle and bustle of east London’s Hackney Road, the backroom of Hackney Coffee Co. transformed itself into an unbeatably intimate location for a display of stripped back new music in association with Hard Of Hearing Music. The live room, adorned with hanging plants which at one point found their way into the perplexed face of Cold Fins drummer Josh Belcher mid set, set the scene perfectly for a gathering of new music enthusiasts.
Opening proceedings was Matt Robinson aka Malvis Resley, who fronts London “garage-disco” four-piece Milk Disco. Playing solo on the night and equipped only with a strapless electric guitar, he played a raw, one-off set full of touching numbers digging into his rich back catalogue of songs from past and present projects, including a self-proclaimed “cover” of ‘Twisted Wheel’, a Milk Disco single which garnered airtime on 6music.
South London surf pop trio Cold Fins took to the stage shortly after, playing tracks from their recent self-titled EP. Playing live with a deconstructed drum kit, bass and acoustic guitar, the trio’s sun-bleached surf pop washed over the crowd as frontman Paris’s delicate vocal delivery found a perfect home in its intimate surroundings.
Headliners on the night were London heavy hitters, Heavy Heart. Playing as a two-piece and backed by a drum machine, the duo flooded the room with their heart-warming brand of dreamlike alt-pop. The band tore through tracks from last year’s record, a release which was comprised of twelve singles, one unveiled each month, in the end forming the excellent ‘Keepsake’. On the night, the duo combined
alternative rock guitar with subtle, drifting harmonies, all wrapped up in perfect pop nutshells.