CORINNE McPARTLAND reviews Sound of the Suburbs, hosted by Earwax Radio at Infernos, Bellegrove Road, Welling.

A load of indie kids crammed into a bar is not my idea of a cultured night out - but this is what I'd been expecting and braced myself as entered the aptly named Infernos, in , Welling.

But to my surprise the night, called The Sound of the Suburbs, showcased a line-up splattered with future stars.

I didn't realise the gig had started when Open Mouth took to the stage, as I mistook their ear-splitting warblings as a sound check.

The next act, Neverless, looked like they had been kidnapped from their GCSE Spanish oral and plonked onto the stage.

Although they look very young and desperately need to work on streamlining the band's image, their indie sound leaked out hints of future promise.

The Veez were one of the highlights of the evening, when their lead singer took to the stage followed by whoops of joy from the testosterone-laden crowd.

Her tousled blonde hair and short black hot pants definitely struck a chord with the audience and she reminded me of a young Debbie Harry.

She had a stage presence which the previous lead singers lacked and was able to belt out a powerful rock set with ease - which is more than I can say for the rest of the band. The other three other girls looked as if they had been plucked from the nearest grammar school's music department.

But The Veez did have some real competition which came in the shape of punk band Krakatoa, who whipped the audience up into a frenzy - including an over-enthusiastic groupie in a red leather jacket who performed his best Freddie Mercury impression right in front of the lead singer's mic.

The whole band got involved in delivering a sharp punk sound, which had humorous undertones captured perfectly by their down-to-earth lyrics.

This Bexley-born band is one to watch out for. I get the feeling recognition and success could erupt for Krakatoa at any moment.

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