Blind Pilgrim's show at Islington’s Buffalo Bar is only the fourth for this London band, but they play it like it’s their fortieth. Together for just over a year, the band is made up of Rupert Greaves (vocals and guitar), Stefanos Theodorou (bass and vocals) and PJ Milazzo (drums). Clearly influenced by early Delta blues and the sixties Brit invasion of bands like Small Faces and The Animals, they bring to mind a contemporary sound similar to The Black Keys. In a set that features both original songs and covers, the on-stage banter is kept to a minimum but their swampy blues rock fills the 150 capacity venue. They may not have intended to end the show with a version of The Beatles' I Want You (She’s So Heavy), but the crowd demands more. They do a pretty good job of it too, sounding more like Led Zeppelin than the Fab Four. It makes for a fitting end to a set that proves this band is only on its way up.
Words: Stuart Livens Photos: Robin Pope