With the 1980s revival hopefully running out of steam, it stands to reason a fit of 1990s nostalgia is next in line.
Nirvana’s classic Nevermind is being re-released later this month – with an extortionately priced boxed set nonetheless – so it won’t be long until we’re knee deep in plaid shirts and long hair.
If so, the brilliantly-named Philadelphia guitarist Kurt Vile will fit right in.
He turned in an impressive performance at The Fleece in front of a packed out crowd.
But in many ways it was like listening to a compilation tape of the best of early 90s American alternative rock.
Vile is frequently compared to Bruce Springsteen, but if his live show is anything to go by that’s a red herring.
Hidden behind a curtain of hair and with a wonderful drawl for a voice, he has far more in common with J Mascis of Dinosaur Jr.
He also shares Mascis’s mumbling persona and his impressive musicianship.
But for all the grungy noise of the later songs in the set, Vile was at his best when he turned the volume down.
The set kicked off with “Blackberry Song” from his third album “Childish Prodigy”, a lovely acoustic number that recalled Nick Drake.
After the solo start he was joined by his band The Violators, and from then on each song was a bit louder than the one before.
It all built up to “Freak Train” a lengthy rock work out that Sonic Youth’s Lee Renaldo would have been proud of.
The finest moment came though when he ditched the noise for another acoustic song, the gorgeous “Peeping Tomboy”.
After that, a rockier finish felt anti-climatic. Just goes to show you don’t need to be loud to make an impact.