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Leeds Festival 2019 – Day 2 – Saturday 24th August August 31, 2019


This Leeds Festival weekend was without a shadow of a doubt the hottest Festival weekend that I have ever experienced in the 44 years since my first festival. That was a very short visit to the 1975 Reading Festival, we bunked in under the fence and got to see Osibisa, then we had to run like mad to get the last train home. We were 16, had no tent and no money, but oh boy did it give me the bug! So how about we talk about Day 2 of the 2019 Leeds Festival. The first action I saw on Saturday was at the Pit/ Lock Up Stage for local band In Your Prime. They are brilliant and immensely talented, but I do hope that they are not actually in their prime for real because I really believe that they have so much more to offer and have the potential to develop into something very special. They spit out some dance tinged, emo veined heavy rock. Their stage performance is marvelously and magnificently manic with a ginger guitarist who plays like a harder-edged Johnny Marr. Then to cap it all off there are the classy vocals from Ruby Cooke. You should check out their tasty EP ‘Karana Mudra’ released last year.

In Your Prime

I followed this great start with a trip to the Main Stage to see a band that I knew nothing about but I was attracted by their name, they are I Don’t Know How But They Found Me. Can a rhythm be a band? well of course and this pair pay testament to that aesthetic. There is a strong 80s pop sensibility with some smooth blue-eyed soul style vocals. Set closer “Choke” is a mighty powerful glam rock stomper that would have been a huge hit in the early 70s. Considering the band took their name from Back To The Future perhaps they can go back to 1973 and launch this great song to an unsuspecting world. I want to hear so much more from the self-styled cheapest band on the bill. Next, it was the BBC Introducing Stage for RØYLS who provide perfect power pop with some sublime hook-laden songs. Each one of their tunes is every bit as good as anything that Ed Sheeran has written. “Choose To Believe” is the definition of what an anthemic pop song should be. But the highlight for me was “Life Like This” which hasn’t left my head since, not just a great track but an earworm of the highest order.

ROYLS

The Festival Republic Stage played host to No Rome who played some delightfully chilled, ambient R & B from Manila. This was the perfect sound accompaniment for a scorching hot festival afternoon. Twin Atlantic was the next attraction on the Main Stage. It would be easy to compare them to Biffy Clyro but Twin Atlantic are so much more than that. They have some mountainous bluesy, punky riffs and songs that overflowing with soul and abundant with emotion. I have been listening to their fourth album ‘GLA’ and it is a complete gem of a rock record. I stayed at the Main Stage for Charlotte Emma Aitchison or as she is better known, Charli XCX. I was always a Reading/ Leeds rock purist and never liked the idea of pop at this festival. But through the years there have been some incredible and notable exceptions; Shampoo, Junior Senior and now Charli XCX. For the record, I am no longer that narrow-minded rock purist, it’s all about great music right? Charli has sass, style, attitude, and tunes to die for. The crowd loved her epic performance.

I Don’t Know How But They Found Me

It was back to the BBC Introducing Stage for Suffolk singer-songwriter Caswell who I had the pleasure of seeing at last years Latitude Festival. She has a great band behind her and her songs are funky and synthy in equal measure. Caswell can handle fun dance songs and emotive ballads. Her vocals are sometimes Adele like but her range and depth is much greater. I sensed some Kate Bush-style singing on the beautiful “Surface”. I absolutely love “Brother” especially the “I am not the enemy” chorus hook. I am now a big Caswell fan. Bad Child brought their indie dance, top beats, and tunes all the way from Canada to the Festival Republic Stage. I must confess that I only popped in for some respite from the sun, but I am so fucking glad that I did! The BBC Radio 1 Stage played host to the Night Cafe. Jangly indie rock scousers with top-class songs and a musical lineage that can be traced back to C86 via the Icicle Works. Like my comments on Gunna yesterday I have to ask the same question after experiencing Juice WRLD on the Main Stage. When did rap become so dull and derivative? I am not offended by swearing and shit but was Juice WRLD’s assignment simply to see how many times he could fit motherfucker, pussy, and nigga into his lyrics? If so then I award this bloke an A+. Help me out, am I missing something subtle here?

Caswell

I caught Jeremy Zucker from New Jersey on the Festival Republic Stage. He comes across as the bastard son of Justin Timberlake and Ed Sheeran when he is on his best form. But at times I found some of his songs a little bland and lacking emotion. But what do I know? The crowd adored him. I was drawn back to the Pit/ Lock Up Stage for Dream State from South Wales. I saw them here once before. This band has passion, power, guts and they wear their hearts ripped open on their sleeves. This is what great rock is all about, the band packs the mightiest of punches and CJ’s vocals are truly spectacular. A return to the BBC Introducing Stage enabled me to catch Inka Upendo from Finland via BBC Cornwall. Inka writes and performs lush, dreamy, danceable bedroom symphonies that you cannot ignore and are impossible to dislike. I particularly loved “Limbo”. She is a genius in the art of looping. It was a real shame that the crowd was so small and I really felt for Inka when her laptop blew forcing her to end her set early.

Inka Upendo

Back at the Festival Republic Stage I was lucky enough to see Twisted Wheel. Hailing from Manchester Twisted Wheel are one of the best newer British bands that I have seen in quite a while. They will definitely appeal to fans of Oasis, Blur, the Small Faces, the Clash, the Jam and early Arctic Monkeys. But I am definitely not saying that they are any kind of tribute act, they are just a classy fucking rock ‘n’ roll band. Liam Gallagher would cut his arm off to sound as good as Twisted Wheel. Staying at the Festival Republic Stage it was the turn of Black Honey to entertain us next and oh boy did they entertain. There are some obvious Blondie comparisons in terms of their look but Black Honey’s sound is much more garage-style, dirty rock ‘n’ roll. They owe a debt to the finest glam rock bands too. This is one magnificent live band. Check out their new album, the eponymously titled ‘Black Honey’ it is a massive hit waiting to happen. I first saw Blackwaters in York about 18 months ago while they were supporting Hello Operator and I bloody loved them from the start. Had he still been alive John Peel would have made Blackwaters regulars on his show. They are from a similar mold to Cabbage with a vibrant punk attitude. There are shades of Mark E Smith and Jonathan Richman in their audience engaging performance. Blackwaters lead singer has the Jarvis Cocker shabby chic retro fashion style and he is an effervescent, manic and hugely talented performer. A truly great British band!

Twisted Wheel

Yet another visit to the Pit/ Lock Up stage came next for Laura Jane Grace and the Devouring Mothers. In my opinion, you don’t get much more punk than Laura Jane Grace. This was a mountainous, incendiary set that metaphorically took the roof off. Lara Jane speaks from the heart about living with mental health issues. On the evidence of this set, she not only survives, but she also thrives. Laura Jane Grace, we are not worthy! Staying in the Pit/ Lock Up tent it was time for PUP from Toronto. This is punk like it used to be, played hard, fast and short with not much chat between tunes. Not only does the band do exactly what it says on the tin they do it incredibly well. After this, it was a run over to the Main Stage for Royal Blood. A tsunami of a set; the power, the glory, the Blood! They pack the energy and firepower of a two-man Led Zeppelin. In fact, I would love to hear Robert Plant do some vocals for Royal Blood.

Blackwaters

The BBC Introducing Stage headliners on Saturday were local band Marsicans. I saw them at this very festival last year, in fact, they were the first band that I saw at last years festival. They were good last year and now they are on another level. Songs that are epic in ambition and cinematic in scope. Marsicans are one of the tightest musical units around from the perfect beaty purr of Rob and Cale’s rhythm section to Oli’s swooping and swaying guitar licks through to the icing on the cake of Jame’s stunning vocal performance. Marsicans have the potential to headline one of the bigger stages at this festival someday. Rather interestingly, for me anyway, Ethan Barnett a.k.a. Ten Tonnes took to the Festival Republic Stage to the strains of Neil Diamond’s late 60s classic “Sweet Caroline” and everyone was singing along, even the kids whose parents had probably not been born when the song came out. In a way a classic earworm and feel good song like that summarises what Ten Tonnes offers. His songs work their way into your head and take up residence in your brain. Most of his tunes appear to tell stories and his lyrics are well thought and very clever. Ten Tonnes is worth more than his weight in gold!

Marsicans

I stayed in the Festival Republic Tent for cartoon Aussie punks and Mullett ambassadors, the Chats and frankly, they were perhaps one of the most fun bands to grace a Reading/ Leeds stage in years. They entered the stage to the power and pomp of the Rocky Theme. Their songs are short and high powered which I think were mostly about booze, drugs, and sex and they kept the crowd bouncing. They are like a Viz version of Ash and they deserve their own cartoon TV series. It was a tough choice but I decided to give the 1975 on the Main Stage a miss and instead head to the Pit/ Lock Up Stage for headliners Bowling For Soup. How does a band that has been around so long, they formed in 1994, draw such predominantly young crowd? Well simply because they are still a great band, they have huge songs, they are funny, engaging and know how to please an audience. All the big hits were there; “Girl All The Bad Guys Want”, “1985” and my absolute favourite of the night the stone-cold pop punk classic “Punk Rock 101”. Anyone who didn’t leave the arena with a big smile on their face after this probably needs medical treatment. Thank you for reading this far and I will regale you with day 3 shortly!

 

 

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Leeds Festival 2019 – Day 1 – Friday 23rd August August 30, 2019


I am really not sure how many times I have been to the Reading/ Leeds Festival over the years, but I know that I haven’t missed many since my first Reading Festival back in 1975. The last year that I missed completely was 2007. Even after all this time, it remains a festival that excites me. So on to day 1 of the 2019 Leeds Festival. It took me so long to actually get on site that I only caught the final song from Milk Teeth on the Main Stage. This band is without a doubt one of the best punk outfits in the UK right now. They currently have the mightily talented Em Foster from Nervus in their ranks. Having spoken to a number of punters in the crowd around me as Milk Teeth left the stage it appears that I missed an awesome set from a great band.

Talkboy

To console myself I wandered across to the BBC Introducing Stage for an excellent set from Leeds band Talkboy. I sensed a bit of Heart, Arcade Fire and alt.country and simply fabulous pop-rock tunes. It was clear to me that Talkboy were really enjoying themselves and that joy easily infected the early afternoon audience, all of whom were smiling at the end. I made a run back to the Main Stage for SWMRS and like with Milk Teeth earlier I only caught their final song, which I believe was “Lose Lose Lose”. It certainly left me wanting to hear more, oh well maybe next year! AE Mak was haunting on the Festival Republic Stage with a set and a show that was refreshingly different to almost anything that I have seen recently (Later in the weekend Poppy made me rethink that!). AE Mak is like a friendly android formed from parts of Bjork and Héloïse Adelaïde Letissier a.k.a. Christine, of Christine and the Queens fame. Mak’s often robotic style of dancing was unmissable in a truly expressive dance like nobody is watching moment. AE Mak is one hell of a pop-dance act.

The Faim

Aussie band the Faim drew me to the BBC Radio 1 Stage next. I had seen the Faim once before when they supported Lower Than Atlantis at Fibbers, York in May 2018. They were very good then, but in the 15 months since they have improved in the kind of leaps and bounds that only the Hulk would find easy. They are becoming a really tight and highly polished unit. There is DNA from the likes of INXS and U2 in their performance, attitude and stage presence. This band has the potential to become a great stadium band. I managed to lose more than an hour next after I noticed that I had been given a Friday wrist band rather than one for the weekend. This meant that I had to trek all the way back to the wristband exchange tent. While it took a bit of time to sort it out the team resolved it perfectly. I want to use this moment to give a big shout out to all the folks who work at the festival. Ticket staff, wristband issuers, Security, stage crew, litter pickers, medics, food and drink vendors, the Samaritans and anyone else I have missed. Without all of you, events like this could not happen. You might not consider yourself headliners but you are all bloody superstars. Thank you.

Enter Shikari

When I got back to the arena I headed straight for the Main Stage for the never anything but awesome Enter Shikari, a band that I have seen at Reading/ Leeds many times and even one small gig in Brooklyn recently too. They never disappoint and as usual, my favourite tune “Juggernaut” was immense. The crowd formed a couple of huge circle pits, although I didn’t spot many crowd surfers. Enter Shikari remains one of my favourite bands and I was excited to learn that this would not be the only time that I encountered them today. I returned to the Festival Republic Stage to catch the Himalayas, who despite what their exotic name suggests, actually come from Cardiff. They offer punky melodic rock that at times is cinematic in its scope. The dual vocal approach takes their sound to another level entirely. Great stage presence too and I must mention the guitarist who looks like he could be the ghost of Joey Ramone. The Main Stage hosted the long-awaited return of the Distillers who reformed last year after a 12-year hiatus. Leader and all-round Distillers head honcho Brody Dalle still has the edgy punk style and it was a stunning set from a much loved and much-missed band, I am so glad that they are back together. Their explosive 11 song set never let up for a moment. Particular highlights for me were “Die On A Rope” and “Coral Fang”. The Distillers had the crowd eating out of their sweaty punk hands.

The Distillers

Remaining at the Main Stage I witnessed girls-only crowd surfing and a girls-only mosh circle. What could this mean? Well, obviously that festival favourites and all-round great band the magnificent Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes were performing. Frank and his erstwhile musical partner Deano both ventured into the crowd for some surfing. Frank, as usual, gave a big shout out to all the support staff and rightly so. The band opened with an extended and stunning romp through “Tyrant Lizard King”. Every song was a highlight, particularly “Devil Inside Me” and a fiery take on “I Hate You” which Frank dedicated to Boris Johnson. That dedication received a massive cheer from the crowd and rightly so. I was pleased to see so many ‘Fuck Boris’ (and variants with a similar sentiment) T-Shirts and badges on display throughout the weekend too. Back to the BBC Radio 1 Stage next for Georgia-based rapper Gunna. I am a fan of quality rap music like Jay Z and Eminem, but Gunna? Seriously? When did rap become so bland, predictable, derivative and frankly, shite? Tupac and Biggie will be crying in their graves at this travesty. Gunna, better than Vanilla Ice, but only just! Next, I needed something to pick me up and make me feel positive again, so it was off to the Festival Republic Stage for Bakar. He draws on a huge range of British influences; the Specials (and maybe Two Tone in general), Mike Skinner of the Streets, Grime and classic R & B. This dude is a bloody good performer, so good that he has even walked the catwalk at a Louis Vuitton show. He is picking up lots of airplay right now and on this performance that is well deserved.

Frank Carter & the Rattlesnakes

My first visit to the Pit/ Lock Up Stage this weekend was for another set from St Albans finest, Enter Shikari. Rou and the boys delivered an even more blistering set than the earlier one on the Main Stage. The flame throwers and confetti cannons were spectacular as was Rou’s climbing the rigging antics. This ten-song set was full of bangers and highlights. “Live Outside” which also featured in their earlier appearance on the Main Stage was special. They performed “Tribalism” live for possibly the first time ever. But for me “Take My Country Back” blew the roof off. I believe I would miss anyone at a Festival if Enter Shikari were playing. I understand that they played three sets at Reading so the southern crowd were even luckier than us in the north. Finally, it was time for the Foo Fighters as Main Stage headliners. I have always felt that this festival was built around Reading which means that in Leeds we get the Reading final day on Friday. But I will go and experience the Foo Fighters on any day. The big rumour of the day was that we would be ‘Rick Rolled’ and Dave would bring out Rick Astley to do “Never Gonna Give You Up” with the band. However, that didn’t materialise, although Reading got that on Sunday. we were treated to Dave Grohl duetting with his daughter Violet Grohl on “My Hero”, now these things can often be a little crass, but in my opinion, Violet has a great voice. Foo Fighters opened the show with a soaring stomp through “The Pretender” and most of the bands biggest songs were given a great airing; “Times Like These”, “Monkey Wrench”, “Best Of You”, “This Is A Call” and a mountainous “Everlong” to close the show accompanied by some amazing fireworks. In between all that we had a rather impressive drum solo from Taylor Hawkins. While Taylor was doing a bit of a Freddie Mercury vocal work out, Dave spotted someone, who we later learned was called Ryan, in the crowd dressed as Freddie Mercury. So obviously they had the crowd pass him over their heads to the stage. Now Ryan couldn’t sing but his performance miming to Taylor Hawkins vocals on a great version of the Queen and David Bowie hit “Under Pressure” was great fun. The band also played a storming cover of AC/DC’s “Let There Be Rock”. In my opinion, if you end a festival day with the Foo Fighters you will always go home or back to your tent a happy bunny and I was certainly that! It set me up feeling great for Day 2, more of that to follow!

Mr Grohl and the band get buzzed by a real Foo Fighter!

 

 

 

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‘Transitions’ – Malcolm Galloway August 22, 2019


Malcolm Galloway from talented and in my opinion unsung prog rock/ electronica band Hats Off Gentlemen It’s Adequate has a new solo album out now. It is called ‘Transitions’ and Malcolm says it is very much influenced by the personal transitions he is going through, he suffers from Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, a genetic collagen disorder. This causes joints and soft tissue to hurt and flare up unpredictably. Additionally, it causes nausea, fatigue, vomiting, and problems with the autonomic nervous system. It is an invisible disability, where the sufferer looks completely normal from the outside. This illness means that he has to leave his job as a neuropathologist, but he continues to make great music.

I have listened to ‘Transitions’ a few times now and I seem to find something new in the rich layered soundscapes every time I do. It is an instrumental album and I have benefited from listening to it while working on some intricate spreadsheets at work, relaxing at home and walking to the office. At times I felt the music owed a small debt to early Mike Oldfield, but that is not to take anything away from Malcolm’s achievement. This really is a beautiful suite of music. It runs to just over 45 minutes and contains three tracks; “Pattern Jugglers”, “Slow” and “Transition”, with the latter clocking in at more than 30 minutes. I feel that the album as a whole, but the epic title track, in particular, bear comparison with Philip Glass and at times Brian Eno. Although perhaps not quite as minimalist as some of Eno’s ambient masterpieces. I don’t know if Malcolm has ever considered writing the soundtrack to a film, or maybe he has done so. Either way, I think he could score some superb music for films. If you have never listened to Malcolm Galloway or Hats Off Gentlemen It’s Adequate then now is the time to start. Click here to listen to ‘Transitions’ on Spotify. I for one am now really looking forward to getting to grips with the new Hats Off Gentlemen It’s Adequate album; ‘Ark’.

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“What If I?” – Young Mister August 21, 2019

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Steven Fiore a.k.a. Young Mister, a talented North Carolina-based singer-songwriter has a new single out now. It is called “What If I?” and it is the vanguard of his new album, ‘Sudden Swoon’ scheduled to hit the streets in September on Refresh Records. Fiore worked as a songwriter for Universal Publishing for eight years, including what he referred to as “a strange yet unforgettable co-writing experience with Art Garfunkel. Young Mister already has a decent following on social media and streaming sites; more than 3,000 likes of his FaceBook page and 3.5m streams on Spotify. The new single is a classy piece of work which reminded me of Beck at his whimsical and melancholy best. I think it’s about wanting to leave but simply not having the courage to do it. It is a gentle acoustic pop tune that has the kind of chorus that pulls you in and doesn’t let you go. A sublime slab of feel-good summer soft rock. The video to accompany the tune is refreshing and showcases Young Mister’s skateboarding prowess, superimposed over what appears to be a 1950s SciFi B Movie. The video was shot by Fiore’s wife and Matt Lohan. This song was my introduction to Young Mister (incidentally I think he is in his early thirties which makes him considerably younger than me) and has led me to check out his 2016 eponymously titled album and to begin to get excited about ‘Sudden Swoon’.

 

Kitty VR ‘All In Her Head’ EP Launch – The Crescent, York – Saturday 17th August 2019 August 20, 2019

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This was my third visit to the Crescent, one of York’s best music venues, in a week. I need to slow down! Anyway, tonight was a showcase for the launch of the new EP from Kitty VR, ‘All In Her Head’. More of the very talented Kitty later. First, there were two great support acts to talk about. The first of these was Laura Kindelan and tonight marked the fifth time that I have seen her play live and I hope there will be many more. Laura kicked off her set with a new song, “Over Nothing”. This tune is sparse, electric blues that simply oozes with mood and emotion. I have made this comparison before but this was very wonderfully Jeff Buckleyesque. She played her only love song “Fingertips”, which was actually written as an assignment! Fact fans may wish to know that the Brit Pop era band Mansun actually had a song called “Mansun’s Only Love Song”. The divine, atmospheric “Sweet Tooth” was given a rare but stunning airing as it is one of Kitty’s favourites. Laura closed her set with a powerful run through “Toxic” which had the crowd a moving and a grooving!

Laura Kindelan

The next act to take the stage was the Silver Reserve (Solo) a.k.a. Matthew Sturgess. This guy knows how to do songs of emotional introspection which he delivers supremely well. I heard elements of Bon Iver in his tunes and at times the tonal quality of his fragile vocals were reminiscent of both Thom Yorke and Guy Garvey. He is an incredible talent when it comes to looping guitar riffs and vocals too. His take on this seemed effortless and faultless. He might not have any happy songs, but everything he played begged to be listened to.

Silver Reserve a.k.a. Matthew Sturgess

Finally, it was time for Kitty VR to rock the joint with her excellent band. This must have been close to a full house and the air was electric with excitement and anticipation. Her songs are incredibly well developed and Kitty performs them with great style and soul. Her band is frankly shit hot! Tim Downie is a guitar genius who seems to be able to play in any style required from funky chops to a softer sound and everything in between. The rhythm section of drummer Farai Kuudzadombo and bassist Jack Welsh are a highly polished pair who underlay Kitty’s songs with a smooth driving backbeat. The highlight of her set was for me a towering take on her single “Whirlpool” on which the band hit a psychedelic peak. Sometimes the best cover to do is perhaps a difficult one and in my view, Kitty’s choice of Erykah Badu’s “On And On” was a very brave choice. Kitty didn’t just nail it, she smashed it through the floor as she conveyed the emotion and soul of a truly classic song which she made her own. I felt that her vocals were at times as ethereal and ghostly as Beth Gibbons and if I was not mistaken I believe that was a haunting cover of Portishead’s “Glory Box” near the end. Kitty VR’s EP is something special and this show proves that she has so much more to offer too. Check her out now if you haven’t already.

Kitty VR

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“Britannia” (Video) – Skylights August 19, 2019


I can’t add much to what I have already said about the mighty, meaty “Britannia” from those Leeds United fanatics and one of York’s finest bands, Skylights. Click here and you will find my review of that song and another classic Skylights anthem, “Lifeline”. Why am I revisiting this riffadelic masterpiece? Well, “Britannia” now has a superb video to accompany it, filmed and produced by Adam Maxwell. It is essentially a great moody black and white film taken at their recent sold-out show at the Wardrobe. It is the kind of classy reel that would grace a fly on the wall documentary. You get the sense that the boys were having a lot of fun that night and I am sure that they were. This is a banging tune that will not fail to get you on your feet and dancing. Every member of the band is firing on all cylinders for “Britannia” It has all the hallmarks of a song that will be an encore tune for Skylights when they get to headline the bigger venues. If you have not heard it yet, then I need you to tell me why! But make up for your terrible oversight by checking out the video below.

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This House Is Haunted – The Crescent, York – Friday 16th August 2019 August 18, 2019

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One of the few things that I knew about this gig beforehand was that York’s magical, madcap musical adventurers My Wonderful Daze would be playing. This would be the second time that I had seen them. Previously I saw them at the Fulford Arms when they supported Hands Off Gretel back in July. Click here to read what I said about them then. Right now they are just weeks away from the launch of their first EP and if their boundlessly energetic stage performance combined with some supreme musical talent is anything to go by it will be at least bloody good, but most probably fucking great! The bands sound is a clever combination of punk riffs, glam stomp underscored by the sort of funky guitar licks that force you to dance even if you feel that you don’t want to. This is one hell of a tight band and Flowers’ singing show just how powerful a strong punk ethos can be. Highlights for me were “Glorious Day” and “Happy Now” (I hope that I got the titles right!). I had previously detected some warped similarities to Florence and the Machine, but their set tonight took me right back to the first time that I saw Siouxsie and the Banshees around 1976/77. When the My Wonderful Daze EP is available you need to do everything that you can to get your hands on a copy, obviously nothing illegal right? Shady but not illegal might work though.

My Wonderful Daze

Next up were another great York band, although they have now “emigrated” to Leeds, Amongst Thieves. This is a band that knows how to please an audience, in fact, lead singer Josh Nash spent the whole set in the audience. Prowling around with a maniacal stare and swing his microphone around lassoo style emulating Roger Daltrey at his peak. all of this rock theatre element simply added to what was a set of staggeringly great power. Amongst Thieves know how to rock like a bastard from Hell and everything was turned up to eleven or higher. There was punk, metal and classic rock among many other things. Nash’s vocals were hard and spot-on, the counterpoint growly vocal from Ricky Kwong was at times stunning.  This was their first York gig for two years, they really need to come back more often. I am definitely a fan of the band after this gig, I even bought their 11 track CD from 2017 and it has already been played three times. This is a band with the potential to become huge and I hope that they do.

Amongst Thieves

Headliners tonight were This House Is Haunted, another fabulous York band. This city’s great musical heritage shows no signs of slowing down. Apparently, this was only their fourth gig, that was extremely hard to believe for me. It was a polished and powerful performance from a highly talented band. They are as heavy as hell, but with some introspective moments akin to Radiohead. The bottom line though is that if you love great rock music you will adore This House Is Haunted. Zak Ford’s vocals are reminiscent of some of the great metal vocalists. Jenn and Dom are a formidable rhythm section that is the beating heart of the songs. For a three-piece, they make more noise than a band with twice the personnel. Dom’s drumming is super heavy and he must have some of John Bonham’s DNA in him. Their signature tune “This House Is Haunted” deserves to be massive. I will definitely be seeing this lot again!

This House Is Haunted

 

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