Marsicans

Marsicans are an indie/pop band from Leeds. Made up of James Newbiggining, Oliver Jameson, Matthew McHale and Rob Brander. Back in 2016 they played BBC Introducing Stage at Glastonbury Festival. Their EP ‘Absence’ is out now.

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Marsicans bounced out on to the stage raring to go for their first Leeds gig of 2017. Not for one second during their set did their smiles fade from their faces nor did they ever stop giving the audience 100%.

Starting off their set  with ‘Gone in a Second’, which is full of twinkly synth and energetic drums that pound through your body, making it near impossible to not move your body to the beat, they had the audience within the palm of their hands. This set a high standard for the rest of the night and warmed up the crowd in the short space of a song for Hippo Campus.

They also put a cut down cover version of ‘Man in the Mirror’ by Michael Jackson into their set and blended it seamlessly into their hit song ‘Swimming’ before moving on to songs such as ‘Farmarsicans_15.jpg Away‘ and finally finishing their set with ‘Absence‘.

The crowd of eager teenage girls, equipped with the glitter plastered on their faces (I am guilty this most of the time), swarmed the front and danced away to their songs, making sure they sang every lyric to every song, clearly entranced in the boys performance.

You don’t actually realise how contagious smiles are until you see Marsicans live;  you can’t stand and watch them with a frown on your face at, all its pretty impossible. They definitely brighten up your day.

We also had time before they hit the stage to have a quick chat, where you can find out stuff like how James nearly died during shooting the video for ‘Absence’ and  which bands you should probably add to your Spotify playlist.

 

Words and Photos By Jess Huxham

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ANTEROS

ANTEROS are an indie/pop, or as they call it, ‘bitter dream pop’ band from the heart of the UK, London. The band is made up of Laura Hayden, Vocals, Joshua Rumble, Bass, Jackson Couzens, Guitar and Harry Balazs, Drums. You can get their latest EP Breakfast on all major platforms. 
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I didn’t really have any chance to check out ANTEROS before going to see them last night supporting Two Door Cinema Club alongside Sundara Karma at Leeds o2 Academy. But within seconds of being on that stage they had my attention within the palms of their hands. Despite the band only having one guitarist, this didn’t thin out or effect the sound as it sometimes seems to do. Instead the songs were filled up with groovy drumming patterns, quirky guitar riffs, powerful bass patterns and magical, yet simple harmonies.

Laura Hayden reminded me very much of a Izzy B from Black Honey with h0978a3_994c30878b7f43cb814f08814ad641c2-mv2_d_1400_1400_s_2.jpger similar style and the way she shows her attitude as soon she gets on the stage but not taking to much of the spot light from the other members.

The crowd welcomed the band to the stage, nodding their head along to the beat of the songs, a few even singing their songs back to them which lead singer, Hayden, was even shocked by. They finishing off their set with the song ‘Breakfast‘ which their EP is named after. This song is probably my favourite of theirs, I can easily see me having it on repeat for the next few weeks. In previous interviews, Hayden has said that the song about when she was seeing ‘someone who only wanted to stay up and talk about their problems until the early hours. ‘
Even though they have only been together in a short space of time, they are definitely a band to watch out for!

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Written By Jess Huxham

 

Blossoms

Blossoms are a 5 piece indie pop band from Stockport. The band was formed in 2012 and is made up of Tom Ogden, Vocals,Charlie Salt, Bassist, Myles Kellock, Keys, Josh Dewhurst, Lead Guitar and Joe Donovan, Drums. You can listen to their debut album that they released in August 2016 here.

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Anthony Longstaff Photography

Normally when I go to see bands, I thrive off the atmosphere of the crowd when they’re making pits and jumping around. But sometimes it can get a little too much, so its nice to just be able to chill and appreciate the actual music. This is why I love going to see Blossoms.

Personally I loved support acts CABBAGE and Declan Mckenna. The only thing that disappointed me wasn’t the actual music itself, it was more how the crowd reacted to them. Like I like a chilled crowd, don’t get me wrong, BUT WE NEED A BIT OF MOVEMENT! Trying to get everyone going with the famous Leeds and Yorkshire chants didn’t even work. But don’t worry lads, us guys at the barrier LOVED you. But hey, at least we were all better than Sheffield?!

I always knew the band was HUGE in Japan but I met two lovely boys who had travelled all the way from Japan just to see Blossoms, this just goes to show how big the fan base is, it’s so strong and well just pretty damn incredible.

Obviously when the Blossoms intro music started blasting out of the speakers, everyone suddenly came out of the trance and cheered, waiting for the band to enter.

They enterIMG_9301.JPGred the stage and opened the night with ‘At Most A Kiss’ whilst fans were jumping around and singing the song word for word back to them. They continued the night playing songs from their debut self titled album, ending the night  with their most known song and my favourite song of 2016, Charlemagne.

After the gig, a hand full of fans went around the back of the venue where Blossoms tour bus was parked, hoping they would be able to get a chance to see the band and get photos. And of course they did. Every single member stood outside taking photos with everyone for at least an hour. Not bragging but I even got to wear Joe Donovan’s (Drummer) glasses…

There aren’t enough words to explain how lovely and kind-hearted the band are, they take a general interest in their fans which always warms my heart. If I had the money and the time I would definitely take a huge road trip and see Blossoms at every one of their gigs, I wouldn’t ever get bored of them.

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Photo Credits – Anthony Longstaff Photograph

Written By Jess Huxham

The Sherlocks

The Sherlocks are a 4 piece indie band from Sheffield made of 2 sets of brothers, Kiaran (Vocals and Guitar) and Brandon Crooks (Drums) and Andy (Bass) and Josh Davidson (Guitar). They currently have five singles out, Live For The Moment, Heart of Gold, Last Night, Escapade and Will You Be There. They have done huge festivals this year such as Live at Leeds, Leeds and Reading Festival, Bestival, Kendal Calling and Y Not. 

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Out of all the gigs I’ve been to, there are two crowds that were absolutely mental, one of the two being The Sherlocks (the other is The Courteeners…. Can’t say I enjoyed the experience of having piss thrown all over me)

The Sherlocks headed to The Wardrobe, Leeds for their second to last date of their tour. Leeds was also the first venue to sell out. I’ve seen The Sherlocks twice before The Wardrobe, both times I left  all bruised, sweaty and of course covered in all sorts of liquid, hopefully just water and beer… But its always the atmosphere that makes you wanna go back for more. Blaenavon were the only support act of the night and they were so good, better than I actually expected in all honesty.

Despite The Sherlocks only having five singles out, fans were singing every song back to them without failure. img_6732 The Sherlocks were met by chants from the crowd, shouting the standard ‘Sherlock Army’ chant. I don’t even have the words to say how mental the crowd went as soon as they came on and started playing the first few notes of ‘Last Night’

I ended up having to move from my spot right in front of the stage just because I very nearly ended up getting shoved onto the stage.

Despite the size of the venue, it didn’t stop people getting on shoulders or attempting to crowd surf

One of the things that makes me the happiest when ever I go see The Sherlocks is that they always finish with ‘Chasing Shadows‘ a song that hasn’t even been released officially, the only way you can listen to it is from YouTube.

I was actually meant to interview the lads beforehand but everything wIMG_8970.JPGas so hectic, we didn’t have any time but of course I got a photo with them and had a natter for a few minutes before and after the show.

Wise words from Kiaran Crook ” Don’t know why people throw beer, its just too expensive

Their tour has now unfortunately ended but definitely keep an eye out for The Sherlocks and go see thimg_8900em when their near you! You definitely wont regret it! The Sherlocks army just keep getting bigger and bigger. 2016 has definitely been an amazing year for them, but I can tell you now 2017 is going to be crazy. However, I would like a debut album from them for Christmas maybe?!

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Photos By Nathan Robinson Photography

Ginger Tom at Live in Barnsley

You know when you see a band you know are really good from what you’ve already heard and then you get there and the experience and vibe just makes it 10x better? Well that’s pretty much what it was when I went to see Ginger Tom.

For a couple of months now I’d seen a buzz going around about the band and listened to some of their music and was very impressed with what I heard, but I never really made it to a gig until I was lucky enough to be playing round the corner from them at Live in Barnsley so of course I wasn’t going to let that opportunity slip.

12650909_510740799107961_4554617002134844014_n.jpgI arrived at the Londoner where they were playing and it was heaving both outside and inside. The patio windows had been pushed open so the people who were stood outside the venue weren’t missing out on the music that was made from inside the venue. As soon as I got there you could tell that the crowd were really into them, either that or they were all their family…

You could see instantly how much of a close bond they all have with how comfortable they all seemed up on the stage. They allowed the audience to feel included whether it was just getting them to clap along or to choose whether it was a cover or an original they next did, of course the original choice won. The majority of the songs they did were originals but the also placed 2 well-chosen covers in there:

Life in The Dark

Scars

Bastille – Pompeii  

Hold Me Tonight

Are You Easy to Please? 

You need me – Ed Sheeran

Thought You’d Won

Never Be Enough

I would definitely go ahead and go see them at one of there next gigs, you will not be disappointed:11009114_429755543873154_3286749577699255721_n.jpg

27th July – Tramlines, Sheffield – Main Stage

17th September – T-Fest, Doncaster – Main Stage 

 

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The Dark LP

Earlier this week, I had the privilege of sharing a stage with some amazing bands; Nova Hands, The Dark LP, Dead Dollar Days and 48Hours. The band that I took a massive liking to was The Dark LP.  They don’t exactly fit into one genre. Their main sound is pretty much alternative rock with a hint of indie, reggae and punk so it has something for everyone.IMGP1509

Even though it is a small band of only 3 members (Alex Cairnes on lead vocals and guitar, Nick Doyle on backing vocals and bass and Rich Parker on drums) they are very tight and perform well together keeping the audience engaged. Their set list contained all original songs:

Grounded

Senseless

Middle Man

Untitled.

Where Do I Go

Otherside

They were all catchy and different and there wasn’t a song that I wasn’t keen on. One that I particularly liked and haven’t got out of my head is their most recent release ‘Senseless‘ that they released earlier this year. With the upbeat rhythm its hard not to have a bit of a dance and sing along to, even if you didn’t know the lyrics you were able to pick some up along the way.

I got to have a chat with Alex and Nick as well as Adam Jerome, from the headline band 48hours, just after they played their set and they were easy to approach and had a good natter about how exactly we all came up with our band names, I guess not all bands have an amazing backing story behind their names! But I guess thats a story for them to tell.IMGP1511

I highly recommend going and catching The Dark LP at one of their upcoming gigs before they make it big time:

April 29th – Man Can’t Fly / Follow The Lion / The Dark LP / The Voodoo Bats , 360 Club, Leeds

May 29th –  Gildersome Beer & Music Festival 2016

June 18th – LIVE in Barnsley!

August 6th – Shadow Fest UK 2016 (TICKETS £4 IN ADVANCE)

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