It’s quite often that last-minute decisions work out for the best. So when I was bored senseless with nothing to do at 8.10pm on a Monday night, I came across a tweet about a band playing in nearby Guildford, and decided there was nothing to lose by going to see them. That band was Sissy and the Blisters, a local lo-fi garage rock four-piece who only formed in December 2009. With their friends out in force, there was the air of a social gathering but also some real excitement that the band lapped up. Walking on stage amidst a mass of big hair and skinny jeans, they launched full throttle into a 25-minute set that saw frontman James Geard stalking the small stage with a dramatic intensity that stood out against their loud blues-led pop songs. Despite being together only a short while, he already knows how to work a crowd, and the rest of the band are such a tight unit. This adds a real edge to songs like ‘Hey Betty’ and ‘The Wolf’ (a distant cousin to The Walkmen’s ‘The Rat’) . Heavy doses of organ throughout add to The Doors vibe but the band also has a more modern slant, with elements of the sheer noise of The 80s Matchbox B-Line Disaster and also The Strokes, especially in the distorted vocals. The organ may not be to everyone’s taste, but they are always used to add something to the overall sound, and this was never less than absorbing. Their darker moments brought to mind Chapel Club if they had any life in them, and the catchier moments had elements of post-1977 punk bands. Some may feel short-changed with such a short set length, but it fitted perfectly –they went through songs so quickly that they barely had time to breathe, and the majority of the crowd were left breathless. The drum kit may have said ‘Introducing…Sissy and the Blisters’ but they won’t need any introductions for much longer. They were definitely worth leaving the house for. http://www.myspace.com/sissyandtheblisters