The Courteeners frontman Liam Fray went back to his roots with a mesmerising solo acoustic set at Manchester’s Albert Hall last week. Long before enjoying the considerable success of his band, Fray initially developed his skills as a solo performer playing countless shows in and around the Manchester area from which he hails.
It was an intimate set-up, far removed from the raucous, full band set-up that fans will be more familiar with. But with the crowd singing back almost every word, what was lacking in volume was more than made up for in atmosphere.
Local four-piece Carnival Club provided the support, with a bold, confident set that belied their relative lack of experience of such large venues. Expect to hear/see more of this rock & roll outfit.
Photos: Dani Blakeley
We’re mindful that Marsicans are one of those bands we keep banging on about all the time, but what choice do we have when they keep putting out material like this?! New from the Leeds four-piece is Throw Ourselves In, one of the standout tracks from their live shows over the summer.
It’s a harder and slightly more rough-around-the-edges sound than some of their previous songs, but is another absolute peach. You can catch them live later this month when they tour as support for JAWS, plus they’ve also announced a string of UK headline dates for March 2018, kicking off in London (2 March) then heading to Bristol (3), Glasgow (7), Manchester (8), and then a hometown show in Leeds (10). Ticket details here.
Marsicans – Throw Ourselves In
Here’s a major tune from indie-rock outfit Eyes To The Skies. Glasgow is pacey and hook-filled enough to bring the unsigned Southsea four-piece some well-deserved attention.
The band has become a regular fixture on the gigging circuit in the South East, having played a host of shows this year including at Portsmouth’s Wedgewood Rooms, Victorious Festival, and a support slot with indie sensations The Sherlocks.
Eyes To The Skies – Glasgow
London quartet Lullaby have just released debut EP Never Let The Devil In and to mark the occasion, they’ve also revealed a live session version of recent single Animal.
It’s a cracker and one that makes us sure their upcoming London dates will be well worth heading along to. Catch them headlining at Sebright Arms on 14/11 and also just over a week later supporting HVMM at the same venue on 22/11.
Lullaby – Animal (Live)
As they announce a 2018 tour to mark the 20th anniversary of their classic album Bring It On, we thought we would mark the occasion with a Backtrack from one of our favourite bands of all time, the mighty Gomez.
It’s so rare nowadays that these guys perform together, even though some of their number – perhaps most notably the husky-voiced Ben Ottewell – more regularly do their solo thing. But this tour will see them perform their classic debut LP in full for the first time and it will be an absolute must-see. The brilliant Get Myself Arrested is one we’ll be especially looking forward to, along with the first Gomez track we ever heard, Here Comes The Breeze.
Dates are Brighton (24/4/18), Nottingham (25), Dublin (27), Glasgow (28), Leeds (29), Manchester (1/5), Bristol (2), and London (3). Ticket info here from Friday 27 October.
Gomez – Get Myself Arrested
The Big Moon‘s tour comes to a conclusion next week, with the intrepid foursome having been on the road for almost a month. Conor Giblin caught up with Juliette Jackson and Celia Archer from the band back at the start of their run of dates to chat about their Mercury Prize nomination, the experience of touring with Marika Hackman and plans for the future… Continue reading
We like to pay fair attention to new bands here at Sync, and they don’t get much newer than Fire On The Roof. The Cardiff four-piece formed earlier this year and have just released their self-titled debut EP.
Luke Prior fronts the show, He is flanked by ‘crazed Lithuanian axe wielder’ (their words not ours!) Artūras (Guitarthur) Eidukas, and Conor Kelly from the darkest depths of North Wales. Welsh Cypriot Tony Haralambos keeps the beats on drums.
Hearing how polished they sound after just a few months as a band, we simply had to find out more about these chaps – thankfully they were happy to oblige with a chat… Continue reading
Indie rock band The Sherlocks returned to Southampton to play a packed-out show at The 1865. The packed-out venue was full of excitement from the moment brothers Kiaran and Brandon Crook, and Josh and Andy Davidson stepped on stage. Last Night opened their energetic set, which got the crowd pumped. This was followed by other singles Escapade and Blue which both also went down well.
They continued to play tracks from their recently released debut album, Live For The Moment. Frontman Crook thanked the crowd for coming and especially buying the album and helping it reach the top 10. Continue reading
There’s an eclectic mix of music coming to what must be one of the final festivals of the year, SeptemberFest at Donington Park, Leicestershire, this weekend. From the brand new – including loads of local up-and-coming acts – through to some unashamedly retro and very familiar names, it would be hard not to find something you love here.
Alt-rock band Yonaka were one of the first bands to play at this year’s Bestival 2017, with an exciting performance on the Invaders of the Future stage. Both the energy of lead singer Theresa Jarvis and heavy guitar hooks got the crowd jumping and moving along to a dynamic performance.
The band performed several unreleased tracks as well as Drongo and newest single Wouldn’t Wanna Be Ya. They drew a wide-ranging audience to this early set, including plenty of committed fans at the front who knew every word of every song. Towards the end of their set, Jarvis leapt from the stage and down into the pit, screaming lyrics from Ignorance to fans in the front row, before the band wrapped things up with final song, Bubblegum.
Yonaka’s set was high tempo energy at its best, and a great way to kick off a weekend of live music.
Review & Photos: Phoebe Reeks
Blaenavon put on an exciting and action-packed performance for their set on the Invaders of the Future stage at Bestival 2017. With the band hailing from various parts of Hampshire, lead singer Ben Gregory recognised familiar faces in the crowd as they performed so close to home.
The band owned the stage, performing several songs from their recently released debut album, That’s Your Lot, including My Bark is Your Bite, Let’s Pray and Orthodox Man as well as older song, Into the Night. The tent was packed out with fans singing along.
They closed their set with Prague 99, which the crowd really responded to, singing back the lyrics loud and proud. The song ended with a frenzy of guitar and drums as Gregory jumped off stage and got a little closer to the front row fans.
There’s no shortage of talk about Blaenavon right now. Believe the hype.
Review & Photos: Phoebe Reeks
Toronto-based five-piece Alvvays returned to Southampton to perform their pleasant brand of indie-pop for a sold out show at The Talking Heads. The band drew a crowd of dedicated fans, with the venue packed with people of all ages.
The band opened their set with new song Saved by a Waif, followed by popular anthem Adult Diversion, which got the crowd moving. Alvvays’ set consisted of old favourites from their 2014 debut album including the bouncy tracks Atop a Cake and Next of Kin and the more chilled Ones Who Love You, as well as new material from upcoming album Antisocialites. Continue reading
Indie rockers VANT took to the relatively new Southampton venue The Loft for an energetic Reading and Leeds Festival warm-up show.
VANT burst onto the music scene back in 2015 and have been building a dedicated fanbase since. Their intelligent lyrics clearly depict the messages they want to share with the world, particularly surrounding political and societal issues, which sets them apart from mainstream music. This is shown in songs such as Put Down Your Gun, and Birth Certificate.
The band performed numerous tracks from their debut album Dumb Blood, which was released earlier this year. The moment the band’s performance began, the crowd had a sudden burst of energy which filled the venue. The enthusiastic fans were clearly enjoying themselves, bouncing around and screaming the lyrics to popular songs including Peace & Love, Fly-By Alien and Do You Know Me? Continue reading
One of a number of exciting music propositions coming out of Manchester right now, Puppet Theory have unveiled new track I, The King. Released today, the song is pop-infused indie with a hint of rock thrown in for good measure.
Puppet Theory – I, The King
Performing as part of the Bristol leg of the Dot To Dot Festival, The Big Moon brought their spiky, vibrant indie-rock to a full capacity SWX. It was unsurprising that they drew such a crowd – the group has been earning high praise while extensively touring debut album Love In The 4th Dimension. But the considerable hype surrounding Juliette Jackson’s band is not unjustified; their live proposition is particularly impressive.
As is always the case with festival sets, their show was all too short and sweet, but they crammed the favourites into their half hour timeslot, including Formidable, Cupid and ending with the superb Sucker. There was also a brilliant cover of Madonna’s Beautiful Stranger – a great song, given a cracking twist by the London four-piece.