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Blues Pills are a class above

Live Review

Venue: Islington O2 Academy

Support: RavenEye

Tonight's audience is delightfully diverse. There are metalheads in Marduk hoodies, flares-sporting hippies and men in suits – and all a wide range of ages: an indication that the love for Blues Pills is universal.

Support act RavenEye [7] haven't even released their first EP yet (it's out May 11th), but word must have spread fast because the O2 Academy is already heaving with punters eager to see the Milton Keynes power trio. Good thing, too, as their infectious, bluesy jams prove to be the perfect warm-up act to get everyone grooving. Though they're initially plagued by sound niggles, these thankfully melt away and the band's confidence is juiced up as a result; shaggy-haired guitarist Oli Brown and strapping bassist Aaron Spiers are equally charismatic as they bound across the stage with mega-watt grins. 

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