On 4th June in 1976, the little-known Sex Pistols were billed to support The Buzzcocks at Manchester's Lesser Free Trade Hall. Regarded by many as one of the most important gigs in history, it signalled the arrival of punk and sent Johnny Rotten et al on a trajectory to musical stardom. Now I'm not usually one for aggrandizing but leaving McCluskys after King Krule's album launch last Thursday, I got the feeling that something very special had just taken place.

From the moment Krule (aka Archy Marshall) and his band donned the stage, suit-cladden and looking all of about 16 years old, there was a sense of anticipation amongst the equally youthful crowd that was hard to quash. The opening chords of 'Has This It?' soon followed and Marshall's characteristic bellowing damnations sent the crowd into frenzy. Coming from his much anticipated debut 6 Feet Beneath The Moon (which had been streamed a few days prior), the four-piece sounded every bit as good in the dingy nightclub as their recorded counterparts.

As the evening progressed, I was left somewhat in awe of the musicianship that these four individuals posses and no more so on the unreleased 'La Luna' and 'The Noose of Jah City', which followed it. Marshal's god-like guitar abilities were equaled by his on-stage band and especially his drummer, who seemed to chop and change through drumming styles as if they were each going out of fashion. New album offerings 'The Krockadile' and 'Baby Blue' came next and like Krule's music, this tempestuous marriage meant that the now-euphoric crowd was constantly thrown between states of head-bobbing and all-out thrashing.

The set ended as everyone knew it would with an impeccable rendition of 'Out Getting Ribs', which Marshal released under his Zoo Kid moniker back in 2010 (he was 16). Having felt like I'd been taking on a somewhat truculent journey through this teenager's musical mind, the final track served as a gentle reminder that whilst his music (and name) may have changed, the underlying talent has always been present,

For many, Krule's genius goes so much further than the music. It's the voice of a generation and as the crowd yelled out lyrics from encore track 'Easy, Easy', it became instantly obvious that something special was going on. Just as the Pistols had done in 1976, Krule has managed to engage a whole generation and for me anyway, finally claim his rightful place on the throne his name depicts.