Some bands who sell out London’s Shepherds Bush Empire, a venue which holds 2,000 people struggle to sell out the 400 capacity Wedgewood Rooms when they come to play in Portsmouth on the south coast of the UK. Why do we tell you this? Because Kassassin Street, arguably Portsmouth’s finest band by some distance, have managed to pack 'The Wedge' as its affectionately known with relative ease. It’s not just that one show though; tickets for their gig at the 250 capacity Rifle Club last weekend flew out the door, selling out way in advance. If this was London, A&R men and women would be flocking to get a piece of the action. Mind you aren’t blogs the new A&R? Er….no. But if they were, then they’d be doing a better job than the real thing in this case, with a number of sites picking up on the band’s new accelerating electro-disco-rock single Centre Straight Atom, a tune which wouldn’t have sounded entirely out of place on Primal Scream’s XTRMNTR and certainly would be quite at home in big halls or arenas.
However, Portsmouth isn’t London, it’s miniature by comparison, (to the point where its seaside area of Southsea even has its own model village) so it seems weirdly appropriate that the new video for single Centre Straight Atom is shot entirely with miniatures. Expect plastic houses burning to the ground and creepy figures in the dark.
Kassassin Street - Centre Straight Atom