The development voyage continues

Pete and the Pirates were one of the bands that impressed R13 at the Camden Crawl in April, so naturally their set at the 02 Wireless Festival was one to check out.

Playing early on Thursday afternoon and given that they're still relative unknowns meant that the band didn't draw an especially large crowd, however there were certainly a few of their own fans in attendance as they received a good reaction from the outset.

Their collection of up beat, bouncey indie rock tracks makes them easy to enjoy even if you're unfamiliar with their work. At times they have the air of a band that would appeal to Maximo Park or Bloc Party fans, and at others, like for the excellent 'Skinny', you'd think they might have been listening to Echo and the Bunnymen records at some stage in their development.

They played for around half an hour, and by the end there was certainly a feel of "we've been here before somewhere" as this band could benefit from a touch more variety. However there sets will only get stronger as they continue to showcase their music on stages such as the Wireless Festival. They're due to play Latitude and the Carling Weekend later in the summer and they're certainly a new act well worth checking out.