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Any indie-punk fan wondering where their next anthem is coming from need look no further.
Model Society, currently recording their debut album with legendary producer Steve Levine, are full to the brim with them.
The four-piece open the night with Valentine which musically has the energy of early Bloc Party and is definitely a nod to Buzzcocks circa Love Bites.
Certain songs feature frontman Danny Clare and guitarist Stephen Kelly swapping vocals and it sets them apart from the rest.
Rather than being just another Libertines wannabe band, they utilise this technique to create something coarse and savage that Martin Hannett and Joy Division would have been proud of.
While Model Society's vocals have a Jilted John and Only Ones quality to them, the guitar riffs and solos are sent from the leather-clad indie-rock gods and the riff on their second song tonight is so catchy Interpol and Franz Ferdinand will wonder why they ever bothered.
And crowd favourite Systematic has guitar parts which take you through hyperspace on the Millennium Falcon and lose focus on time and space.
A fine set from such a new band. Expect big things in 2013 from Model Society.