Who is this?
Hidden Charms, a four piece steeped in blues, are set to complete a 4 date residency this week in their home city London, at the famous KOKO venue. This is the latest highlight in their short, whirlwind life in music. All the members are still in their early 20’s, but have already worked with Shel Talmy – producer of ‘You Really Got Me’ and ‘My Generation’. They have followed this with a series of impressive festival dates this summer including Blackthorn, Reading and Leeds and Bestival.
What do they sound like?
They cite blues as their lifeblood, and while it flows through all their songs there is something else going on here. Most modern blues bands are attempting to drag the past into the present, but Hidden Charms effortlessly modernise an old sound, giving it freshness and youthfulness. Their catchy and downtrodden romp ‘Long Way Down’ will appeal to any guitar music fans, with the creeping edge of darkness skulking under a pop hit. If it wasn’t for the energy in their songs you would never believe their age, but as it is they sound young and very exciting.
For your listening pleasure…
What’s the final verdict?
The band are still relatively unknown outside of the music boffins, but their residency at KOKO has done something to change that. London is aware of this hidden gem, and it’s only a matter of time before the rest of the UK, and the wider world catches on too. For fans who are clinging on to Rival Sons, The Answer and Gary Clark Jr, here is another answer to the continuation of blues rock.
Words by Thomas Brent.