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PUBLISHED: 11:51 06 November 2008 | UPDATED: 17:14 16 August 2010

PROG-ROCKERS: To Arms Etc.

PROG-ROCKERS: To Arms Etc.

ROCK night The Ticket That Exploded celebrated its first birthday with an evening of eclectic new music this month, writes Zak Khan.

ROCK night The Ticket That Exploded celebrated its first birthday with an evening of eclectic new music this month, writes Zak Khan.

For the last year, the event at the Montague Arms, New Cross has proven to be at the heart of promoting unsigned acts in south-east London, and on October 16 it did not disappoint.

In Search Of Apollo kicked of the night with their loud, brash metal and hard-rock sound, playing a tight set.

Proclaiming themselves as embodying "the spirit of redemption, honesty and the trials and toils of the little man", they kicked off with a rousing anthem that drew much from Rage Against the Machine (if not borrowing from them unashamedly).

Devil Song brought the first example of something new with heavy riffs and strong (shouty) vocals while Sticking To Your Guns had a decidedly Nirvana-esque feel with shades of early Incubus - unfortunately though there wasn't much that was new or original here.

Notorious Hi-Fi Killers brought a modern twist to the Blues with a well polished set of refreshingly ambient music - in places reminiscent of the Secret Machines.

Powerful lyrics added an extra dimension with vocals in a style similar to Ben Waller of the Country Teasers. This band is gathering pace off the back of their critically-acclaimed album release Which Side Are You On?

Headlining the night were To Arms Etc whose chilled prog-rock sound with piano and guitar managed to bring a touch of the Stones to their collection M.O.R style music.

In between sets, resident DJ Michael Novacaines topped the night with his mix of new chart music and funky prog-rock, meaning the audience were never given a chance to lose interest.

* The next event hosted by The Ticket That Exploded takes place on

November 20.

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