Surfer Blood are perhaps the most unassuming hip band you ever might see. From visuals alone, they could be anyone, your Average Joe, a bunch of friends giving it a go at local open mic night before heading back to their day jobs at Co-Op the next morning. Yet one listen to debut Astro Coast and it's clear that Surfer Blood are much more than just that. And their live show, too, affirms that they are a band to be truly revered, even with three of the usual band members replaced and with a new bassist and guitarist.

As well as Surfer Blood members missing from the evening's entertainment were booked first band Young Prisms, replaced without explanation by a less recognisable four-piece. Although fairly inoffensive, the music (and the band's name, in honesty) was largely unmemorable, although not helped much by me missing the vast majority of their set due to an unusually early start to the evening.

No Joy were in attendance, though, and they were pretty difficult to miss, all hair swinging and noisey guitar reverb from the off. The Montreal/LA duo (although a four-piece live with added bass and drums) are being talked about for all of the right reasons in the blog world and it's pretty clear to see why. Although the acoustics of Digital (and the added noises from the insistent Brighton mutterers) don't suit the bending guitars and heavily muffled vocals all that well, fans will be used to having to search through waves of noise to find the melody, and songs are still able to find their way. Their set consists of plenty of more pop moments (albeit pop wrapped in blankets of fuzz) but also takes a good few darker turns too, with lengthy haunting and droning affairs added into the mix. Although the set perhaps goes on for slightly too long, all is redeemed with the last song of the set; all noisey guitar, whining vocals, and driving motoric drum-beat brilliance.

It's a lengthy pause before we hear Surfer Blood, allowing Digital to fill up to healthy proportions, and from the moment we do, opening with a near perfect rendition of 'Floating Vibes', taken from Astro Coast, it's difficult to draw too much criticism. As expected, the set is largely made up of songs from their debut, broken up occasionally by some amusingly and perhaps ironically dull between-song crowd chat. "Brighton's my favourite city in the UK,"comments JP slightly too casually to be wholly believable, "ou guys fucking love the pier!." The conversation doesn't draw much deeper than that, and the rest of the band aren't even close to being tempted to leaning into the mic, but JP seems fairly up for the gig despite having played the same material for what must be pushing two years now. He does show a few signs of boredom with the material but it doesn't affect the performance, every so often taking up a screamo-styled shouting approach to some vocal lines, but other than that these are precise, practically perfect, live interpretations. And the crowd seem to like it, too, sometimes too much so. There are plenty here treating this like a hardcore gig from their youth, barging into each other and leaping up and down ungracefully and inappropriately, but there are also a good few youthful faces here that it actually might be their first opportunity to stand, fists pumping - and they more than oblige. As well as faultless performances of their only recorded output thus far, Surfer Blood also treat the crowd to new material. It doesn't veer too far from what we know thus far, though perhaps has a slightly heavier Weezer influence - pop hooks and heavy riffs - than usual. It's not even a quarter to ten before JP announces that the next song will be the last and, although 'Swim' would have ended the set a little prematurely, it may have been a wiser move than to take the "encore" route that was opted for. The crowd barely muster a chant before the band are back down the stairs on stage with another new song that fails to re-inject the excitement needed. An extended version of 'Anchorage', with JP swapping his guitar with a random member of the crowd doesn't quite work, either, but it doesn't stop this being any less than a very good set.