Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Fi Vie for Chart Domination

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Fi Vie for Chart Domination

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Byline: CHRIS ELWELL-SUTTON

POP

Hard-Fi King's College, WC2

THE most talked-about thing to come out of Staines since, er, Ali G, these raw young rockers have been causing a major stir in recent months supporting The Bravery, and last night's electrifying flagship show demonstrated that the hype has been well deserved.

Incorporating elements of punk, reggae and even house music, their sound displayed a formidably chart-worthy combination of gritty rock flavour and anthemic singalong appeal.

The rich, rock-guitar sound of tracks such as Unnecessary Trouble provoked instant, visceral delight from the sweaty throng, and the band's showmanship completed the package.

Singer Richard Archer brought to mind what Alan McGee said after meeting the unsigned Liam Gallagher for the first time: "He was already a star in his own mind."

Moody and blessed with a natural physical rhythm, Archer swaggered around the stage like he owned the place. …

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