Model Society: live review

Indie four-piece Model Society have been making a name for themselves over the past twelve months, catching the attention of BBC 6 Music’s Steve Lamacq. Their hugely energetic live act is also winning plaudits on the gig circuit, so Russell Iliffe decided to check them out for himself at their recent EP launch…

Anita Awbi
  • By Anita Awbi
  • 8 May 2013
  • min read
Short, sharp songs packed with big choruses and killer hooks are blaring out of one of London’s most traditional pubs in the heart of Fitzrovia.  Up and coming band Model Society have taken over  The King and Queen to showcase their new EP and it’s certainly a fitting venue considering their  quintessentially British sound.

The band were formed by frontman Danny Clare and lead guitarist Stephen Kelly who bonded over their mutual love of guitar bands, from Britpop juggernauts Blur and Oasis to punk powerhouses Buzzcocks and The Clash.  When they started writing they soon found that they had a collection of potent two-minute indie-pop songs.

With bassist Antoine and drummer Eddie on board, Model Society were soon enjoying airplay with Steve Lamacq championing their tracks Systematic and Horizons  from the Inner City Kicks EP, produced by Paul Tipler (Idlewild, Placebo).

Performing live has been key to the band’s progress with last year’s hectic schedule including a residency at The Great Escape and their first appearance at Bestival.  With Danny getting off the stage and into the audience during live sets, Model Society clearly do not believe in holding back.

After recently recording with high profile producer Steve Levine and playing a set on Loaded TV, the band are set to announce this year’s festival appearances soon.  With work on their debut album scheduled for the summer, Model Society look set to continue getting more than their share of Inner City Kicks in 2013.

Inner City Kicks is out now.