Los Angeles-based Low Vs Diamond received the ultimate compliment from the notoriously rowdy Club NME kids at Camden’s Koko: one beer at the very end of their set was hurled onstage for their London debut. And this singular beer was no doubt a sign of rampant enthusiasm, considering that countless previous bands have not had their way, to say the least, with this relentless bunch.

In no time, the crowd’s perception went from newbie American skepticism to LVD-mania – bouncing up and down with gleeful acceptance ­ a welcome departure from the Debbie Downer crowds in New York. LVD’s huge sound could barely be contained in the overflowing 1500 person-capacity theater. Backed by arena-sized pop hooks, front man Lucas Field delivered his potent vocals with sheer urgency.

The band cranked out a quick seven-song set, which evidently was seven songs too short for the frenzied hipsters screaming for more. To add to the craziness, raucous iconoclasts Towers of London were spotted on the scene, as was Anthony Rossomando and Carl Barat of Dirty Pretty Things/Libertines fame. With a mere four-song EP that recently dropped in the UK, the buzz has only just begun in anticipation of their return supporting The Sounds this spring. www.lowvsdiamond.co.uk –Clint Stewart