New Cross Inn all-dayers are always special days but this past Sunday there was an extra special one. New Cross Inn regular Holli is running the London Marathon in aid of Mind later this year and organised a lovely all-dayer to help raise some money. The line-up she put together was staggering – featuring a who's who of bands often associated with the venue, all giving up their time for free in aid of this great cause. Before reading on, please go and sponsor Holli here.
SKIV are a band that seem to get better and better each time I see them. Admittedly the last time was a couple of weeks ago at the Chewing On Tinfoil all-dayer and lead guitarist Liam was very under the weather but still. At full strength SKIV played one of the most memorable sets of the day, fantastic melodic punk rock (and a new more alternative grungey rock song) and hilarious banter. These four guys play off each other well and are all clearly so comfortable together on the stage. Singles Sunday Service, Wasteman and Gumdrop Candy Mountain all got fantastic receptions and had plenty of people singing along. The rest of the set was also fantastic. I particularly enjoyed the song named Why Aren't The Chips Ready Yet? or something like that, they didn't seem to know. SKIV at full strength are a band with a lot of potential and look set to make a great name for themselves throughout the UK scene.
Seemingly arriving just in time to play their set were Fastfade, whose bassist Joe had earlier that day run a half marathon in Brighton. This was my first chance to see the super fast skate punks since the release of Happy If You Aren't back in December. It was great to hear those songs live, with Weirdo in particular standing out. I'm always amazed by how fast Fastfade play and the energy that comes off the stage whilst they play is forever infectious. Partway through the set they covered Captain Everything's Chance Of A Lunchtime which always makes me happy as I really miss that band. As ever with a Fastfade set, there was plenty of banter between the band and the crowd (Ryan's poor nan!) which got some laughs. I also got a bit of a kick out of Müg's Mark Bell jumping up on stage to help out drummer Jake fix something – Emma and I have a bit of an in-joke about Mark always fixing something whenever he's at NXI. What also seems to be a New Cross tradition is whenever Connor SKIV is about is he gets on stage to play with another band, this time taking over bass duties so Joe could sing lead and have a bit of a dance around the stage. Finishing the set with Walkie Talkie, Fastfade again showed why they're earning themselves a reputation of being one of the best new bands on the scene.