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05 January 2006: Super Nashwan - The Windmill, London, England, UK

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The first gig of 2006 saw me down at the Windmill for hot newcomers "Super Nashwan" largely tipped to become household names this year. For those unitiated in the ways of Nashwan they mix furious Rockabilly with deep south soul with a motley band who's line up I am told is forever changing.

This was the first time I had seen them live and I wasn't disappointed! From the first moment frontman Johnny Nashwan grabbed the audience with his breaking point voice and some pounding Robert Johnson style steel guitar we were gripped . And the temperature was soon turned up full throttle with songs like "End of Days" bringing a rowdy delight from the audience.

However it was the final ballad "Where Are the Heroes" which left me speechless - a sublime mix of Bob Dylan and Nashwan seemed to haunt the crowd with his pained vocals bringing a silence and then a roar from an appreciative home crowd audience.

All the safe money for the big bands of 2006 would be on the Rakes, The Editors and The Arctic Monkeys, but for those who like their music a little more raw and on the left field will be thrilled when the first Super Nashwan single comes out in March. A great gig to start the year.

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