I’ve been toying with the idea of writing about music for a while now. In the last two years I’ve caught the live music bug, it’s such a highlight of my month to spend time getting to know and seeing new music. This month has been very busy for me, with lots of different gigs, in different locations with really varying types of bands. So I took this month as a great opportunity to introduce my love of music to the blog. Let me know what you think, and what you’ve been listening to/going to see!
Clean Cut Kid @ Headrow House, Leeds 21/10
So for starters Headrow House is such a venue! Hidden away down a little alley and spread across 5 floors with some gorgeous bars. The ‘events’ floor is right at the top a small long room adorned in fairy lights, a beautiful setting with gorgeous sound. I was excited for this gig, and it did not disappoint. In fact it surpassed expectations. I’ve always seen this band as a cheery fun pop band, which very much so came across in their bouncy numbers like ‘Runaway’ and ‘Pick Me Up.’ But what I didn’t expect was for them to be so beautiful, they literally had me and my friend Emily in tears with stunning songs such as ‘Evelyn’ and ‘Jean.’ OH and don’t even get me started on how good their closing song, ‘Vitamin C,’ was live. So good, I would highly recommend going to see them.
Daughter @ Manchester Academy 24/10
This is such a hard one to review. I’ve literally never been to a gig like this before. I expected it to be intimate and beautiful, but it was more than that. It literally put me in a trance. I felt like I’d entered the Daughter world! Musically it was stunning and the touring additions of the band filled the space and made for an orchestral experience. My only complaint would be to cut the set list ever so slightly. Simply by knocking off two songs and ending the mains set with ‘Youth’ and following on with the beautiful ‘Medicine’ and ‘Fossa’ encore. But I was swayed by the fact I was desperate for the toilet, so what do I know!
Cabbage @ The Ruby Lounge, Manchester 28/10
This gig was insane. I love Ruby Lounge as a venue, it holds a special place in my heart. The gig was also a bit of reunion with amazing friends who I haven’t seen in too long. It was a sold out show, for the Manchester based band. So it was a big night! Cabbage are incredible live. I’d seen them supporting DMA’s once before but that just did not compare. I definitely wasn’t prepared for what an incredible show with such energy they put on. They were able to create a frenzy and electric atmosphere with such confidence- incredible talents. Highlights for me have to be ‘Fickle’, ‘Tell me Lies about Manchester’ and ‘Dinner Lady.’ This band are headed for huge things, and with a new EP on Spotify I think this is only the beginning of a very happy listening relationship.
Teleman @Sub 89, Reading 30/10
My boyfriend really fancied going to the gig and I’d already really enjoyed the band after Christina had popped up on my discover weekly. So I was very happy to get to know them more. After only about two weeks of listening I was in love. Such an infectious band with ridiculously catchy songs. I find their songs very reminiscent of Franz Ferdinand but with a a pop/electronic twist. What I really enjoyed about this gig was the bands ability to change songs up when live. ‘Not in Control,’ a song that’s not particularly held my attention before was SO good and had so much going on. My only complaint would be that they didn’t play the fantastic ’23 floors up.’ More from you next time please boys!
As well as these bands I’ve been listening to:
Sunlit Youth-Local Natives, Chaleur Humaine- Christine and the Queens, Depeche Mode (everything,) Head Carrier-Pixies, Boy King-Wild Beasts