Sherry Counsellors @ The Sugarmill 14.07.2012

Suited and booted Sherry Counsellors headlined The Sugarmill – their favourite venue – with You Tube stars The Carpet Lions, rock’n’roll quartet Kadence and new, young indie influenced, The Motives.

Starting the night with a laugh at their first gig was The Carpet Lions. It’s not singing as such it’s rapping, talking really fast whatever you want to call it. Each song was like story time, there was ‘The Ginger Song’ – about hating gingers, ‘Online Dating’ – about meeting a girl who’s really a man and ‘Give It a Go’ – about going on a date with them. There was what they call him, Lobster who plays the keyboard and Mr Guitar who plays the guitar; they played catchy melody that fitted in with the catchy song titles and lyrics. Most of the audience had their cameras and phones out recording this bizarre performance. It was a real strange experience watching and listening to them.

Kadence, with influences from the greatest bands and artists ever to grace the music industry took to the stage. The crowd increased and a couple in particular who was someone’s mother, “That’s my son” she said, biggest fan right there. ‘Sharing the Feeling’ was where the energy started and didn’t stop until all CD’s were thrown in the audience. There was somewhat a Rolling Stones atmosphere created throughout this track. Thinking they was doing a cover -‘My Generation’ by The Who then halfway through the song it turns out it was ‘You Don’t Know Me’ hints a massive influence for them with Ricky Cuthbertson’s unique vocals. It was amazing to watch as Greg Butler stood and dramatically ending each song with the smashing of the drums. Ricky says “taking you back to 1941 now” there was a hint of The Beatles coming out of them in this track. James on bass, Jak on guitar and Ricky on rhythm guitar were all going for it; jumping on amps and bouncing around the stage. Kadence have an EP ‘Live from the living room’ shortly and ‘On the run’ will be the main song. Good choice for a main song – which is also currently sat at number five in the Radical’s Rising Hype Chart – with the thrilling guitar sound and wailing vocals to end, it really shows their full possibility to becoming a real rock’n’roll group.

Indie band The Motives can safely say they have accomplished their mission and wowed the Sugarmill with their first gig. It was apparent that most of the crowd belonged in their colossal fan base. Echoes of screams drowned the Sugarmill when they took to the stage with their little friend Derek the dolphin. Their faces said it entirely – they were highly chuffed with the turn out and how much the audience loved them. These are a great band to cover Arctic Monkey’s; Callum the drummer’s job on facebook is – reserve drummer for Arctic Monkey’s so playing ‘Still Take You Home’ ran smoothly; Alex Turner would be proud. Their ‘little friend’ is an inflatable dolphin which was thrown into the crowd and floated round for quite a while then popped due to how mental the crowd was. There newest songs were ‘Picture Frames’ and ‘Lady Next Door’ Alex told to crowd “Let’s go nuts”. It was a replicate of local band and an influence to them 3’s A Riot, which Alex did a shout out for as they supported in the crowd.The crowd was pretty immense for their first gig. ‘Vacate before it’s too late’ gave the band a Kasbian look. It was another song adored by the fans as they bounced in tune with the memorable melody. They were getting into the whole idea of performing as they started a song but were told to leave the stage because their time was over, the audience chant “Motives” as Callum runs the mic and says “Cheers for coming! means the world.” This is one band to keep an eye on. No doubt about it.

Five piece indie alt rock band Sherry Counsellors take to the stage in darkness looking smart in tailored suits and Chris Reynolds wearing a kilt with pride.  The crowd was already buzzing from the 3 previous supports acts so they had no problem with the crowd as they were energetic all night. They had a real likeable feel about them; they engaged with the audience and danced around the cramped stage but in no way arrogant just enthusiasm. New song ‘This Could Be It’ was full of energy it flowed efficiently into ‘Fortuna’s Fool’. Keith left the stage, Mark left his drums for half of it and Chris became the lead vocal. The vocals were magnificent and somewhat got the audience stunned with lighters in the air and swaying side to side. The drum beat half way through was powerful and you could feel the emotion they were sending out. Adding the trumpet in ‘Twisting me’ created a bluesy rock’n’roll feel, the front crowd got their groove on and the sideline audience were top tapping for definite. Under their indie looks there is some serious talent between them, honestly shocked they haven’t been signed! They finish with a popular one – ‘Aveline’ where most of the audience knew the words and sung along, it’s a perfect melody to clap along to. Whilst bring the unforgettable performance to a conclusion the drummer and guitarist from Kadence and two random woman jumped on the amps – just shows how much they are loved.

Want to hear more from Kadence? Head down to the Full Moon 25th July for The Eclipse Festival 2012.

Catch The Motives 31st August in Crewe – The Box.

Sherry Counsellors will be at Milwich Music festival 21st July.

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