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By Deborah Hatch April 02, 2009

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The luckiest music fans in town were at Plug ‘n’ Play on Saturday, March 28, as Reading’s new club night Dead Cities introduced some more exciting artists.

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Pablo Picasso opened the night by bravely stripping their sound back to basics, after the band’s drummer was forced to pull out at the last minute due to illness.

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Despite the setback, their knack for penning distinctive melodic pop songs shone through. At the other end of the scale, Elliot to Hong Kong unleashed the full force of an eclectic mash-up of pure pop underlined by some menacing breakbeats.

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Peppered with samples, vocoder and violently passionate vocals, their infectious energy blew the place away. For solo artist s.k.g taking the stage afterwards could have been a daunting experience. But with his fast narrative style lyrics, he kept the pace, drawing obvious comparisons to Jamie T, but without the raw edges. When The Ruling Class finally led the gig to a triumphant climax, their sound was a breath of fresh air for indie fans, playing clear homage to the golden era of the early 90s. The beautiful melody of Umbrella Folds was like the best indiepop songs, effortlessly captivating ... along with impromptu solos from a drummer so wildly energetic he could well have been possessed by the spirit of Keith Moon. They’re also hotly tipped for success in 2009 after being hailed as the new favourite band of Alan McGee, who discovered Oasis. On the night, Dead Cities co-founder Martyn Finn said: “There’s some amazing new bands out there, all wanting to play for fans that are desperate to hear them and Dead Cities is simply creating the stage to make it happen.”

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The next Dead Cities event at Plug ‘n’ Play will be headlined by Newbury band, Fox Cubs on Friday, April 10.

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