A military like drum beat fills the cosy venue that is Bad Edit. It comes from Gravity Dave and their raucous, heavy sound really marks the start of the night. I was beginning to think that the band had only one genre to offer, but they soon proved me wrong as they eased into their set and their songs grew more varied and interesting. The depth of their songs was something to be admired and with constant crescendos, they are definitely a band to watch out for.
A band that would be the love child of Arctic Monkeys and Kasabian; Borders took to the Bad Edit stage, with Greg’s waling vocals and a meaty bass line, it is a great combo for their punchy songs and repetitive melodies which soon got the audience going. In parts of the set, they did seem to lack lustre as a band, whether that was because of the small audience I do not know. Luke the drummer seemed to be really into the music, as he thrashed his stick against the cowbell repeatedly. Overall, it was a good set, and they made great support for the evening.
The way that the sound check built up and into the actual performance was really intriguing and added a friendly touch to the band from the word go, from that moment on, their electric layered sound set the little venue alive, sending the whole audience into a turmoil of effortlessly cool music.
All of that aside, Delamere are in the running for a spot at Green Man Festival 2013. The Leek based Alt Indie band are raking in the votes to play at this mighty little Welsh festival this August.
The energy of the quad is something to be admired, as it does not even drop for a second that they are on stage. Lead singer, James Fitchford gets his drum out, no that’s not a strange euphemism; the unmistakable tribal sounding drumming starts that is so very clearly a Delamere trademark. The band all have the same attack and passion in their playing which is something that seems to be so hard to come by nowadays.
An original sound, well structured songs, and a certain depth and balance between upbeat and soft pieces really made for an enjoyable performance. It is also a rarity when at a live performance, that the band sounds just as good live as they do on recordings, but for Delamere, they seem to pull the whole thing off with such ease and fluidity that they could easily be a signed, touring, fully fledged band, which poses the question why are they not already?
To celebrate The Full Moon’s Shakedown Promotions first birthday sponsored by Peaceful Hooligan, they welcome Fool’s Paradise to headline along with the 100 degree temperature that effected everyone! Unfortunately Section 60 didn’t complete the line up but last minute, Adam French came to the rescue of keeping it a 1st birthday too remember. The Clique and Carnation concluded the line up.
Kicking the evening off Carnation perform in their eccentric ways. Developing deeper into the set we see the 60s pop rock seep through melodies and lyrics. Lyrics which are powerful and have been keenly observed with elegance; Rebels Tale is the key track that stands out for intelligent lyrics. The tempo of Carnation is consistently up and down, it keeps the momentum up for the crowd. Carnation intends to get back on stride, get out of Stoke and perform more.
After being in London last weekend, Adam French kindly stepped in to place when Section 60 didn’t turn up. I love the perkiness of Adam’s music, especially Back Where I Belong. Adam conveys emotion through his intense acoustic performance as well as through the thoughtful lyrics. The track everyone hears about 5 times a day maybe more on mainstream radio, French topped it off. Get Lucky by 80s synth pop band Daft Punk. Mistakes were made but for standing in last minute, Adam achieved the night’s purpose of entertaining. Watch out for Shiver the music video.
The Clique had been rearing to go for this gig for a while. They’d planned a surprise for Shakedowns first birthday. It was RIP Rhythm is a Dancer and welcome, Eurythmics – Sweet Dreams mashed with White Stripes – Seven Nation Army mash up. 80s synth dance rock vs garage blues rock. Weird yet wonderful. The Full Moon may have got a little empty but nevertheless they carried on in their dirty indie dance way. New single Wanderer, really does show the talent in each member. This night in particular I came to a result that Gary Clay, front man, has excellent stage presence and for me, personally one of the greatest vocals in Stoke! With an edgy gritty and textured vocal it adds that indie element of The Clique. Be a part of The Clique and join them at The Strypes gig 10th July at Sugarmill.
Headline of the night was mod band Fools Paradise. It was the last gig for fellow member Matty White – who will be missed as lead guitarist by the band and fans. Kicking off with Blow Them All Away, Rob’s guitar string snapped, this didn’t stop him from doing what I personally thought was the best I’d seen fools in a long time! The stage presence, personality, music and overall experience of being in the audience were quality.
The capacity of the Full Moon loved the set; even the staff and bouncers. There were arms in the arm for No Such Thing as Paradise and The Twist made an appearance throughout Get It On. There’s a 60s vibe created in the atmosphere which soaks into people heads, minds and personality. Jump in to the time travel machine and let Fools Paradise take you back to the 60s.