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It's not challenging, but it is funny. Hotly-tipped at the In The City unsigned band bunfight, Plan B look about 12, jump about in biohazard suits, do a comical, crunching version of MC Hammer's 'U Can't Touch This', and are busy recreating sports metal in Doncaster.

It's not all japes though - at times they're Rage Against The Machine, at others they're just twangy, hideously proficient funk rock. But at least they've worked out if you must make music like this, make it shatteringly loud.

In an altogether more intriguing tale, David Brewis - a pallid, skinny epitome of the indie male, and essentially Sunderland's New Tellers - sent a demo to the organisers and, to his surprise, was invited along. Small problem - he didn't have a band and had never played live. Such trifles didn't stop him though, he merely recruited his brother to flesh things out, and is here playing only his second gig. Which makes what he's doing all the more remarkable.

Teasing weird noises from boxes of wires and battered guitars, 'When I'm Feeling Fragile' and 'Modern Heart' occasionally sound like Elliott Smith, and sometimes hint at the epic expanse of Spiritualized's space operas, but always make it clear Brewis is working from an altogether different crib sheet. Somehow lumped into the same competition, New Tellers are as difficult and different as Plan B are obvious. Amazingly, innovation won.

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