Scottish 3 piece Fatherson headed down to a packed out Hope & Ruin for the Brighton leg of their headline UK tour.
I've made it no secret that Fatherson were one of my favourite bands of 2016. Arena ready tracks with anthemic choruses and catchy hooks, Fatherson have the potential to be huge.
I've previously only seen the band supporting Augustine's and at an afternoon slot on Reading's NME stage, so I was intrigued as to how the band would come across in a more intimate setting.
They did not disappoint! When a band is able to make a 120 cap venue sound like Wembley Arena, it's only a matter of time before they are actually playing there. Fatherson are still on the road and head out on tour with Mallory Knox at the end of March into early April, so be sure to check them out! You won't be disappointed.
Words and Photography by Daniel Hills
Birmingham contemporary 3-piece Lycio shares experimental electronic hybrid single, 'Air Part 1'.
Warranting well deserving accolade from BBC Introducing WM and BrumRadio, Lycio pride themselves on their authentic sound. The band weave real and electronic drums with pad/synth textures to create a hugely compelling soundscape with accessible melodies, a stand out vocalist and songwriting with meaning.
On the track the band explains, "The original chords to 'Air Part 1' were conceived on an old Rogers piano by drummer Alex Lowe; and later elaborated on and produced by Charlie Kellie and Alex into its distinctive hybrid electronic arrangement, alongside hints to neo-soul influences. The track is the first of a two parter - the second instalment being Air Part 2 - and was originally a single track. Once jammed through Lycio's custom live rig, Air was spilt into two separate, contrasting movements, Part 1 and Part 2."
Lycio are measured in splitting their appreciation for high quality sonic aesthetics with this real and raw, shivering ability to connect on an emotional level. Lead singer Genny Mendez's has this spectacular, empowered, soulful vocal, showing cracks of emotion and beautiful character. Lycio are a completely refreshing outfit, 100% real, well worth keeping an eye on this year.
Words of Karla Harris
I've certainly missed shooting in such an intimate venue but the Bullingdon will always be one of those where it's either busy or it isn't and tonight was one of those busier nights and it was incredible to see how many people have actually turned up. Especially as a few were queuing at the door just after they opened and that is always a great starting point. The atmosphere in the room was so relaxed, compared to when I'm usually in here with pop punk and metal bands so it was certainly something I wasn't prepared for tonight. Entering the venue to a half filled room, was more than expected with knowing that more people were going to turn up throughout the night for The Sherlocks. The one thing I love about The Bullingdon is that every show that they put on it's always intimate and sweaty.
Opening the show were Oxford indie band Filth, the band looked so laid back on the stage and so at home it was lovely! the entirety of their set was so chilled out it was brilliant. The set was filled with incredible guitar riffs, drums and even better vocals. Every song performed was followed with a round of applause which was more than well deserved. "We have 'free' badges as no one will buy anything" I'm sure a majority of the crowd at the time picked up a badge, plus its great support for the local indie scene Knowing they're only a small band (for now at least) they are still finding their feet with the gig side of things but I'm certain they've gained a fair few fans from the performance they displayed tonight and if it is anything to go by I'm hoping these guys get bigger and better opportunities in the upcoming months. I'd certainly suggest checking their track 'Cool Box' on soundcloud if you're a fan of the indie scene.
Next up were more of a rock vibe Yves, if I could recommend a band to check I would say this three piece in a heart beat. They have so much energy and their stage presence is beautiful. By the time Yves were ready to kick off the set the room had started to fill up with a much larger crowd than when the show started. The vibe in the room during their set was incredible to be a part of. Every song consisted of a great amount of guitar, baseline and drum beats whether it to kick the song off or just throughout the set, it was a perfect collaboration with the vocals. Within seconds of each of the songs they performed ending Yves received a round of applause and cheers from the crowd. Every time I turned around there were fans swaying about, or singing along. After a thoroughly impressive set I’ve definitely chucked their songs into my spotify to listen to on a more regular basis as Yves absolutely killed their set and there wasn’t a song they played that I didn’t enjoy. It was one of those nights where the crowd were having a dance a long and I can't blame them as the guitar rhythm and drum beats were so enjoyable and perfected, you'd be silly not to be the one dancing away (or moving your head to the beat) even I joined in too. The collaborated vocals were so unique to the band but it worked so well with a band of this genre, however they had a great indie vibe throughout the set so I was thoroughly impressed by every song they performed!
Lastly were headliners The Sherlocks, I have been wanting to see these guys for a while so I’m super stoked I’ve had the opportunity to catch them in my local area as well as being able to snag a few images of them too. After two incredible sets the lights dimmed and The Sherlocks entered the stage, the crowd roared with such energy for the band it was beautiful to see. With the band being rapidly known as one of the ‘United Kingdoms biggest unsigned bands’ this show proved just why they were at that height of career as a band, especially after killing sets at large festivals down to their incredible performance and live sound. The Sherlocks are a band that appeal to a wide audience and are a band that anyone can enjoy, but this night of their tour seemed to be more aimed towards a much younger set of fans. The one thing I loved about their entire set is how every single song they performed has a storyline to it which entices you in and makes you want to go home and listen to the track again (I’ve probably had them on repeat for the last week after seeing their set in Oxford) The set consisted of strobe lights which were perfectly timed with their great drum beats, and incredible guitar riffs. As soon as the lights flickered you could see the fans singing the words along with the band as well as a few fans having a little dance away which worked perfectly when the lyrics were “Cos you can dance all night when the light’s start to flicker”
There hadn’t been a part of the set where I hadn’t looked away from my camera to see fans singing their hearts out with the band and dancing away to music, if anything I will always love that part of a concert, knowing how a band can have this much of an impact and have a crowded room singing their own songs with them is always a beautiful sight to witness and be a part of. The Sherlocks performed their newly released single ‘Was It Really Worth It’ and the crowd took to it perfectly, it was one of those songs where it is just as much of a killer live as it is watching the video. There was point in the night where I decided to hide at the back of the room and just watch the crowd clap along with the band in time to the beat. If anything tonight proved why this band are becoming as successful as they are, I can see some great opportunities coming their way in the next 12 months (or sooner) they definitely have the passion and drive to take this to the next level. If I learned one thing from this show it’s that I think I’m smitten with The Sherlocks live performance as they absolutely owned the stage and treated like a second home.
Words and Photography by Heather Lowe
Latvian solo artist George Will shares 'Rust' taken from his debut post-rock album 'Dawn'.
George Will is clearly a man with post-rock running through his veins. With the hiatus of his previous outfit Audrey Falls, he’s strode out on his own to continue pursuing an enticing blend of cinematic, metal-infused post-rock.
While recent album release ‘Dawn’ ranges from introspective moments of quiet piano (see: the lovely opening title track and follow-on cut ‘Mist’) to full-on wall-of-guitar rage, it’s the latter that just about weighs more heavily on the nine tracks on offer. As a neat summary of the heavier elements, the track ‘Rust’ delivers a satisfying blast of intense instrumental music. Nicely combining melodic elements, effective strings and a particularly rich guitar tone, ‘Rust’ is a polished affair that is quick to build and release in all the right places. Given the high standard set throughout the album however, such a summary could be levelled at 'Dawn' in general.
As a nod to the rest of the album, it’s worth noting that although it can be difficult to sink hooks into the listener with music based predominately on heavy chords, the subtler guitar work ensures each track has a definite character. For example, the threatening introduction of ‘Iris’ leads into some sublime peaks and troughs. However, of particular note is seventh track ‘Rhea’, which simply demands to be heard. Whilst struggling for anything other than the usual bombastic adjectives applied to post-rock’s bigger moments, ‘Rhea’ is an utterly spell-binding piece that would provide perfect accompaniment to the biggest and best wide-screen experience. Simply stunning.
Fans of Isis and Russian Circles will find much to embrace on this ambitions, impressive post-rock tour de force.
Words of DS_convertible
'Dawn' is available on Spotify, here.
Rock City’s basement has played host to a handful of incredible up and coming bands over the past few months. This particular Friday night held no exceptions, with British boys Decade taking the stage. Having just released their album, Pleasantries, the guys were back to showcase their newly acquired setlist, with both old and new material making an appearance.
South London lads Wallflower were first up; a five-piece outfit with a clear emo influence. From the off, lyrical melancholy oozes through frontman Vinicius, who brings an ethereal feel to the room with his distinctive emotional volume. Personal favourite Sleep Forever captivated the crowd instantly, displaying such an engaging level of emotion. As well as the inarguably impressive vocals, each aggressive riff aids their emo-tinged sound. Even with this destructive sound, the quintet appear humble and modest, which boosts their appeal significantly. Wallflower’s potential is certainly an exciting prospect, with the crowd radiating admiration throughout their set.
Second support Big Spring took the angst up a notch, with confidence shining through each member as they took to the stage. Their visceral sound promotes their carefree attitude to performing, with the frontman bouncing around throughout the set. Despite creating such an almighty sound, the band make it look effortless; as if they’re jamming in their garage with no care in the world. This undeniably positive vibe they emit automatically draws me in. Their newest hit 5th of July showcases a different feel to their previous material, but for me, works on a whole new level. Their heavier influence draws me in, eager to hear more of this new material. A very impressive set leaves expectations high for the headliner.
With such a level to live up to, Decade come through with style. Opening with Peach Milk showcased the talent that can be heard on Pleasantries, whilst incorporating the familiar style we’ve come to love over the past few years. The set stays at this level of intensity throughout, combining their usual refined harmonies with those sweet melodic hooks. Weaving into some slower singles gave the crowd a chance to be moved by frontman Alex Sears’ charming southern drawl, before being catapulted right back into the angst. Older material from previous release Good Luck signified a surge of life, finding its way back into the limelight for the night. Whilst the older material was received with open arms, their new material showcased the passion this band has, which shone through the sing along each song provoked among the crowd. Closing hit Daisy May sent the crowd into madness, further emphasizing the effect that this album has had on both the crowd and band, who couldn’t wipe the smiles off their faces. A truly amazing night that I won’t forget for some time.
Words by Cait Biggs and Photography by Ryan Winstanley
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"Boom... it all breaks down, to pieces." - the derelict opening line to 'Why'd You Make Me Cry' is the perfect way to introduce the song, as Odina goes on to share a very personal and reflective account of a ruinous love, retrospectively questioning its legitimacy.
Delivered through a pure, raw vocal and accompanied by a skeletal acoustic rhythm, it is very hard not to be moved by the emotion instilled as Odina innocently addresses an old love and vulnerably questions, "why'd you make me cry, if you loved me so much?".
As the track progresses, the emotion remains palpable, the sentiment remains true, but bleak becomes considerably more beautiful as subtle orchestral swells add another haunting element to the heart wrenching soundscape.
Odina is a very endearing artist and her strengths are found when she is most vulnerable, most exposed, most honest, most brave. In spite of its melancholy and its understated execution, 'Why'd You Make Me Cry' is candescent.
Words of Karla Harris
Odina’s 'Why’d You Make Me Cry' is out now and available on iTunes and Spotify.
26 Mar – Camden Market, Camden (Coffee House Sessions)
26 Mar – Paper Dress, Hackney (Coffee House Sessions)
27 Mar – Keele University, Newcastle-under-Lyme (Coffee House Sessions)
28 Mar – Loughborough University, Loughborough (Coffee House Sessions)
28 Mar – Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham (Coffee House Sessions)
28 Mar – Lincoln University, Lincoln (Coffee House Sessions)
29 Mar – Huddersfield University, Huddersfield (Cofffee House Sessions)
29 Mar – Bradford University, Bradford (Coffee House Sessions)
29 Mar – Leeds University, Leeds (Coffee House Sessions)
30 Mar – Northumbria University, Newcastle (Coffee House Sessions)
04 Apr – Sofar Sounds (secret location), London
04 June – Primavera Sound Festival, Barcelona