“I wouldn’t be this lively on a Tuesday night, I’d be standing at the back!” proclaims Estrons’ front-woman Taliesyn Kallstrom midway through their packed-out headline set at Electrowerkz, Islington. Last week, the Welsh four-piece released ‘Cold Wash’, the title track from their double a-sided single. Heavier and nastier than anything previously released by the band, ‘Cold Wash’ sounded like it belonged in a sweaty, crammed club, played loud and in the audience’s face. Luckily, the beer-soaked floors of Electrowerkz make the perfect venue for Estrons’ explosive live set, short and sweet though it may be.
There’s an element of timelessness about Estrons’ sound that is evident in the wide demographic of fans they attract to their live show; a mixture of young, older, both male and female fans populate the nearly sold-out show, on a Tuesday night no less. While their core sound is indebted to the alternative rock of the 1990s and early 2000s, with particular nods to Garbage and The Strokes, newer cuts ‘Cold Wash’ and ‘Glasgow Kisses’ are a decidedly heavier affair. As mosh-pits break out during these more aggressive songs, Estrons perform with an old-school punk level of intensity, creating an electric atmosphere in the aptly-named Electrowerkz.
It’s a shame, then, that Estrons don’t have more of these songs in their arsenal, as their set finishes after around 40 minutes, with the crowd still raring to go. After such a confident and dynamic set, it’s easy to forget that Estrons are still a young band, only two years into their career. In Welsh, ‘estron’ roughly translates to ‘stranger’; if the band keep writing songs as good as their recent output and playing with such ferocity, they’ll be no strangers to gigs as dynamite as this.