Live at Fibbers (York) on Tuesday, 9th September 2003
A half full Fibbers sees local lads Sixty 6 take to the stage for their first ever gig. The youthful three piece burst into their opening number with a degree of confidence and if I'd not been told you wouldn't have thought it their first time on stage. Delivering some Americanised indie rock he tunes are fairly strong but the execution not quite there. As a band they're not quite tight enough yet and don't really have any killer tunes that will really knock you dead but there's plenty to suggest that these guys could be a band to keep an eye on. Not great but not poor by the same token and with a big enough sound to justify their minimalist set up.
A deal with Universal/Island tucked under their belts and with an impending debut single, Kid Symphony take the stage with an air of confidence. They look the part and immediately sound it with a tight rhythm section grinding out the solid foundation for the distorted guitars and swirling keyboard melodies to spin around and envelope you. Chris Langdon works the crowd like a pro ("York's one of my favourite cities") and his voice sweeps and stretches above the rest of the band. Coming across like the love child of Queen and Bon Jovi, Kid Symphony have a sharp ear for a hook and have obviously spent a lot of time honing these songs to perfection. The drummer tears up the kit with swaggering aggression as Langdon's fellow ex-Cube cohort Pete Denton chokes his guitar and makes it scream. These boys are coming back for a second bite at the cherry and on this evidence it looks like their going to grab it with both hands and swallow it whole.