As a slow but steady trickle of people begin to gradually fill out the upper floor of The Lexington, there's a feeling of simultaneous anticipation and curiosity brimming in the North London venue. It is, after all, the launch night for the debut album from local boys Being There, so perhaps it's unsurprising that the air is filled with a certain optimism.

When London's Glowhearts take to the stage, however, they catch the audience – largely comprised of friends and family, passersby and a few notable figures (members of Noah & the Whale for one) – completely off- guard. Choosing to open their set with the a cappella 'Do Right By the Night' is a ballsy move for sure, and yet it's one that the young band pull off with assurance. It's a captivating introduction to the six-piece that has the burgeoning crowd listening intently.

As instruments begin to enter the fray though, things start to unravel. The problem with much of Glowhearts' set tonight is that the band trade in tired pop melodies that, while shying away from anything progressive, also lack the catchiness to truly get under anyone's skin. It's an indie pop-by-numbers kind of affair and one that a lively horn section, some interesting doo-wop influences, and the odd moment of sheer sonic catharsis, can do little to hide. While their set veers off into dancier territory at times, it's an all-together mindless twenty minutes - the kind that makes you long for something a bit more serious, a bit more grounded, and a bit more real.

My Sad Captains offer just that. Beginning on a world-weary, ethereal Casiotone figure, the London via San Francisco four-piece create a magical and beguiling sound world, as frontman Ed Wallis stares back at the audience through thick glasses and states “I hope you feel happy now” on set- opener 'Heavy Lifting'.

Theirs is a brand of indie rock very much rooted in the American school of thought, ably recalling Death Cab for Cutie, The National and The American Analog Set. The following track 'You Talk All Night' is a driving, slow-building number, highly reminiscent of the aforementioned Death Cab's 'I Will Possess Your Heart' in its cumulative impact while new song 'In Time' gently caresses with its delicate chord sequences and tender Matt Berninger-esque vocals. It's clear to see just how competent and fully-formed a musical statement My Sad Captains are ready to make, and it can surely only be a matter of time before they're able to do so.

Closing the night – and the reason why everyone is here – it's fairly safe to say that there is a lot of buzz in the room about Being There. As the sweetly grinding guitars of set – and album – opener 'Punch the Clock' begin to plaster the walls in sticky distortion, it's clear to see why. The band have found a way to wear their influences on their sleeve without being derivative; their sound brings to mind Dinosaur Jr, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, and Guided by Voices but never apes anyone for ideas.

It's a fairly well balanced set too. Recent single '17' is announced by a wailing, feedbacking guitar sending out a call-to-arms for any disillusioned souls in the crowd, while 'To Infinity and Beyond' with it's mellower vibes, offers a respite from the guitar theatrics and allows for gentle nodding and swaying instead.

Towards the end of the night, frontman Sam Lewis – who has been on humble and endearing form all evening – makes the announcement that it will be drummer Tom's last night playing with the group, which has to draw question marks around the band's future. It's not the only uncertainty around Being There, though. One has to wonder whether as an act they are truly ready to take on the big leagues just yet. While debut album Breaking Away was certainly a step in the right direction with its catchy pop hooks and escapist subject matter, it's not yet clear whether Being There are truly ready to step out of the shadow of their influences and be their own band.

That's a concern for another day though and right now, Being There are doing what they do best; entertaining small venues of like-minded fanboys and music lovers. Whether they can take the next step towards something more profound, we'll have to wait and see.