Opening Spinning Coin‘s recent Southampton show were local three-piece band Mystic Peach. Their energetic live show really warmed the small but appreciative group of music lovers up for what was to come.
Hearing them here, for me for the first time, I was captivated by their tight musicianship, energy, and ‘wall of sound’. The basslines were thick and powerful; the beautiful jangly-reverby-guitar sound was Johhny Marr-esque and the drummer added to all of this with simple grooves when needed, and technical flourishes and big cymbal washes where appropriate too.
The highlight of their set was the song Downtown with its disco drum beat and off-beat syncopated guitar juxtaposed with the aforementioned ‘wall of sound’ choruses. The people at fledgling venue Heartbreakers really seemed to appreciate this song and many were dancing or nodding along. Definitely keep en eye and an ear open for what these guys do next!
Review: Mike Vaughan / Photos: Ant Penny
Having released album Simplicity a year ago, JAWS took to the Engine Rooms in Southampton as part of their final touring cycle of this album. The Birmingham trio performed their dreamy indie-pop to a room packed with dedicated fans.
The moment the lights went out, letters spelling JAWS lit up, which got the crowd pumped. The band arrived on stage to rapturous applause, kicking the set off with Surround You, an energetic tune with catchy guitar riffs which got the crowd moving right from the off. Continue reading
Supporting Clean Cut Kid on their current UK tour, Callum Beattie has been winning plenty of new fans across all parts of the country of late. We took a few shots of Edinburgh-born singer-songwriter Beattie and his band during the Southampton leg of the tour.
Setlist: Lost Souls / Shine On / Man Behind the Sun / Don’t Cut the Rope / Miracle / We Are Stars / Highlife.
Photos: Phoebe Reeks
Liverpool-based Clean Cut Kid brought their UK tour to Southampton to deliver an electric live set at The Loft. The crowd cheered with excitement as the band arrived on stage, and continued their considerable enthusiasm for the band’s indie-pop anthems throughout the night.
Runaway opened the set, an upbeat track which got the crowd jumping about and singing along instantly. They continued to power through an energetic set, performing songs from their debut album Felt, which was released earlier this year, including Stay, We Used to be In Love and Evelyn. Continue reading
Norwegian pop-punk rockers, Sløtface formed back in 2012 and have since released four EPs and their recent debut album, Try Not to Freak Out. They took to the Joiners in Southampton as part of their extensive UK and Europe tour celebrating its release.
Sløtface are known for their political activism and challenging societal issues such as gender inequality, and how the media represents young people and women. This is reflected in songs such as Magazine, an energetic track which kicked off the set. Continue reading
Meadowlark returned to Southampton to play an intimate gig at The Talking Heads as part of their UK tour marking the release of debut album Postcards. The band – comprising Kate McGill and Dan Broadley – have been doing their thing for a few years now, steadily building a committed following along the way.
The audience were captivated by the duo throughout the night, listening intently and clearly enjoying themselves. In addition to the band’s enchanting performance, their clever lighting set-up made for a very atmospheric show, with the lights flashing in sync with the beat of the music. 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
Pop-rock trio Banfi took to the stage at The Joiners in Southampton as part of their September UK tour. We first caught these guys live at Dot To Dot in Bristol back in May and they were one of the real gems of the line-up, impressing with an accomplished live show, so their tour was one we had to catch.
The set opened with Where We Part, a song which immediately got a cheer from the crowd and everyone singing along and dancing. This was followed by Answers and newest release, June.
A cover of Peter Gabriel’s Mercy Street came next, perfectly suited to their style and the delicate vocals of lead singer Joe Banfi. The band then continued to perform their original material, including signature tune Happy When You Go and Sync favourite She Comes Home. Banfi closed their set with Rosedale House with the crowd singing along and clearly gutted when it was all over.
Banfi are visibly at ease on stage, smiling and interacting with one another as well as the crowd. The band mentioned they have an album scheduled for release next year. If their live show is anything to go by, it’ll be an absolute must-have.
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
Up-and-coming Leeds four-piece Marsicans brought their indie-pop vibe to Southampton for the first time ever, to play at The Joiners.
Their set opened with Arms of Another, a massive track which instantly got the crowd interacting with the band, singing and dancing along. They went on to play a few newer songs including Wake Up Freya – a more stripped back song compared with their more typically dancey tunes – as well as their most recent single, Friends, which was released earlier this year.
The set concluded with popular songs Far Away, Swimming and Absence which were guaranteed to make you move with their infectious guitar and drum beats.
You could tell that the band were truly enjoying themselves from the moment they stepped on stage, and that positive energy spread to the crowd. It’s hard not to get swept along with it all, with songs that are full of hooks and which most certainly transfer well to the live stage.
The group formed in 2014, and are slowly but surely beginning to get the recognition they deserve. There’s no doubt about the future looking positive for the band, and hopefully we’ll be hearing more tunes from them in the coming months.
Marsicans will be joining Natives on their upcoming tour this month. Tickets here.
Words and photos: Phoebe Reeks