Opening the night was Brontide, a somewhat self-indulgent 3-piece instrumental act. Like a bad carbon copy of Battles with 65daysofstatic aspirations they were often out of time and had a swagger that far betrayed their musical chops. Full of interesting and even promising ideas but without the gall to back it up, they felt like a band trying to sound clever when they should have sounded even cleverer. It was then for Tall Ships to drag back some momentum, which after a shaky and visibly nervous start they did with ease, winning over even the most reluctant of the crowd. In parts Ric Pethean seemed uncomfortable with his vocal responsibilities, reveling instead in long musical introductions and bridge sections. But with each song his confidence grew and by the end, Peathan was comfortably in his stride, compelling the audience into an awkward 80s shuffle that a Top of The Pops crowd would be proud of. An impressive effort for a band largely unknown to the packed out Scala. Tall Ships are a band with great promise, living up to the whispered hype of their self-titled EP released earlier this year. By the time Seattle’s Minus the Bear took to the stage the crowd had silently multiplied and was a bristling pod of energy. Opening with ’Drilling’, the band played with the finesse of experience, throwing themselves fully into the last night of their UK tour. Looking like a Heaven dwelling Dennis Wilson in a loose white shirt, vocalist Jake Snider, was good humoured throughout, quipping, “On this tour we’ve been in mud, rain....and Germany,” as he introduced songs from new album Omni. Songs such as ’My Time’ and Summer Angel were dropped in early and were largely well received, but it was the nostalgia of Minus the Bear staples like When We Escape that really stirred the crowd. Encoring with Into the Mirror and Absinthe Party, Minus the Bear played a solid and progressive set long overdue under London lights.