Bombay Bicycle Club enter and the Wolverhampton Civic Hall roars with applause. An opaque screen blocks the audience from the band, strangely taking up the fourth wall rather than trying to break it down, an interesting take on the live experience. The curtain drops and exposed are a sextet of eager individuals, including tonight’s support act, Lucy Rose. By the second song the band are absolutely nailing it, the stage has exploded and everyone in attendance are blown away. They break into Evening/Morning and the lyrics ‘I am ready to owe you anything’, seems like a literal translation of the bands feelings towards their fans. Rose joins the band playing a timeless Stratocaster for Beggars. Their drummer Suren de Saram is top draw and is quite clearly the unbreakable backbone to this band.
The lights dim and Lucy Rose joins lead singer/ guitarist Jack Steadman on the piano. The rest of the band exits, a spotlight illuminates the two and Steadman breaks into an astounding falsetto, honestly if you closed your eyes you could imagine Rose was the one singing. Steadman showing of his multi-instrumentalist talents as they breeze through the haunting song.
The set draws to a close and the room is dumbfounded. Steadman politely engages the audience for the final time; “I have been in a terrible mood today, thanks for cheering me up.” Honestly Jack, no problem, it was our pleasure!
Feast your eyes on this exclusive acoustic version of Maven Fiction‘s – You’re Not Damaged Goods.
If you missed Maven’s very clever ‘In a Nutshell’ introduction, be sure to check it out here.
The official build up to Record Store Day 2012 was kicked off in style last night by Public Image Ltd. John Lydon’s band played to a couple of hundred people at a secret venue in London and debuted two of the songs from their new four track EP; One Drop, which will be released on the 21st April as part of RSD 2012.
More events are expected throughout the coming month, as well as, hundreds of releases to be expected from artists such as; Arctic Monkeys, The Clash, Laura Marling, Arcade Fire and The White Stripes to name only a hand full. Check out their official site here for updates.
Rock City was full to the brim with people and the energy in the room electric. Both the huge dance floor and the balcony rammed with people shoulder to shoulder, as it was clear no-one wanted to miss the unveiling of The Maccabees and their long awaited new sound, as well as the opportunity to experience the classics in their flawless live glory.
Touring off the back of the bands most recent album Given To The Wild, it was clear that almost all of the attendees have been lapping up the new tracks. The two singles from the album; Pelican and Feel to Follow, received a massive response. The perfected new sound, including various synth and key arrangements, translated so well into the live performance, letting each person know how much effort the band have put into it.
A triple headed encore sealed the deal and everyone in attendance left with more than the fill they could have hoped for. Amazing band with a lengthy future ahead of them.
Three fashionably dressed Parisians find their places on the stage, each person’s face grinning more than the last and beaming with childlike excitement. We Were Evergreens overt friendliness is so refreshing and their assortment of instruments; Xylophone, Ukulele, Synth and Guitar, all work together to make their unique blend of indie-electro-pop work so well.
The band creates music that is both easy going and welcoming but it has so many more layers, the live synths form into dance club build-ups and the sound becomes so huge. This is really clever pop-music that you must see if you get the chance.
The show is flipped on its head with the entrance of King Charles and his band (all members dressed as if mirroring Charles in some way). It is really cool to see a band that includes two backing singers (one of which plays violin).
The band absolutely tears through the set and Charles wholeheartedly bears his talents for all to see. Like a young Prince he melts guitars with such flamboyancy and technical ability that is second to none, while still managing to keep those all-important vocals hooks in place. King Charles is most definitely at the beginning of his reign.
King Charles and We Were Evergreen are touring together throughout March.