Sunday, 10 December 2017

Keston Cobblers Club - Leeds Brudenell Social Club, November 25th 2017

Kentish indie folk quintet Keston Cobblers Club are one of those live acts capable of bringing a smile to the face of anyone fortunate to witness their uplifting performances regardless of age. Already darlings of BBC Radio, they’ll probably still be gigging for free way into their autumn years and tonight, their one-off High & Lonesome appearance is the first time I’ve seen a band completely fill the new Brudenell Community Room; packed to the rafters and positively buzzing as Julia Lowe (Keyboards/Brass/Vocals), brother Matt (Strings/Vocals), Tom Sweet (Brass, Strings/Vocals), Harry Stasinopoulos (Drums), with Daniel on Tuba, (presumably) deputising for Bethan Ecclestone, take to the stage with the wistful summeriness of ‘Bicycles’.

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Brooke Bentham- Leeds Brudenell Social Club, November 25th 2017

It seems only a matter of months since I chatted with then 21-year-old Brooke Bentham ahead of her stripped-down performance supporting John Smith at Leeds Howard Assembly rooms. Still virtually unknown outside her native South Shields and adopted home London, whilst about to graduate from Goldsmiths, the world seemingly at her feet, her unassuming demeanour belied the intensity of the live performance, just her fragile yet piercing voice and a guitar. 

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Metz - Leeds Brudenell Social Club, November 24th 2017

It's astonishing to think that legendary record label Sub Pop has notched up over thirty years of album releases.  Home to the wave of grunge bands that brought notoriety to the label in the late eighties/early nineties, the fact that they continue to enable artists like the Toronto 3-piece Metz to have an outlet is just the ticket. 

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Goldfrapp – Leeds O2 Academy, November 1st 2017 (LIVE REVIEW)

It seems almost a lifetime ago I happened upon ‘Felt Mountain’, the beguilingly ethereal Goldfrapp debut, Alison’s seductive tones part Marlene Dietrich, part Kate Bush, expertly wrapping themselves around nine lavishly produced mini-musicals, every one capable of gracing the next Bond film. Six more albums have followed at fairly regular intervals, each an evolution from its predecessor, the most recent being this spring’s release ‘Silver Eye’, a return to the electronic heartland dominating the band’s middle years; the subsequent 14-date supporting European tour bringing our heroine to a pretty full but not quite brimming Leeds 02 Academy.

Thursday, 26 October 2017

My Sad Captains - Leeds Brudenell Social Club, October 25th 2017 (LIVE REVIEW)

Just when you thought Brudenell couldn’t get any more perfect it goes and gets another permanent live music space; The Community Room, meaning the games area can now (presumably) remain unmolested when the venue is double booked. Alas tonight the audience headcount is somewhat on the sparse side for London quintet My Sad Captains, surprising considering tonight’s absence of an admission charge for their closing date in a quartet of low key headline shows, with a further three planned for November supporting fine New York duo Widowspeak.

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Therapy? - Leeds Brudenell Social Club, October 11th 2017 (LIVE REVIEW)

This 'wood & wire' incarnation of Therapy?'s 'best of' isn't just a gig, but more like old friends turning up at your house with a bag of beers and playing in front of your best pals. Andy Cairns and Michael McKeegan are seated alongside drummer Neil Cooper, candles set a mellow, relaxing atmosphere as they appear for the first of two stripped down acoustic sets in The Brudenell.

Sunday, 15 October 2017

All Them Witches – Leeds Wardrobe, October 4th 2017 (LIVE REVIEW)

Descending the stairs into the Leeds Wardrobe immediately prior to the appearance of Nashville rockers All Them Witches, I’m greeted by the unmistakeably thunderous opening bars of Sabbath’s ‘War Pigs’, together with its inevitable endorsement by several heads nodding in time to Iommi’s timeless riffage; one immediately realising an assault of good old fashioned heavy rock is just what the doctor ordered this evening.

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Iron & Wine 'Beast Epic' (album review)

The majority of music aficionados normally associate the super cool and hugely influential Seattle based record label Sub Pop with grunge, punk and hard-core genres. For those not in the know, it may be a surprise to find out the label also launched the careers of Fleet Foxes and The Shins, both producing a sound far closer to the considered Americana purveyed by Carolina based singer songwriter Sam Beam, also known as Iron & Wine; a moniker gleaned from a dietary supplement Beam spotted on the shelf in a general store whilst shooting a film.

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Holy Fuck - Leeds Belgrave Music Hall, August 12th 2017 (LIVE REVIEW)

Canadian quartet Holy Fuck, seem to effortlessly achieve the perfect blend of electronic geekiness combined with organic psychedelic rock. Brian Borcherdt and Graham Walsh share front man duties between themselves, both surrounded by a more bewildering array of electronic gadgetry than if they’d ram-raided a branch of Tandy right before the show.

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Leeds International Beer Festival 2017 - Prize Giveaway

Poster: Drew Millward

The 6th annual Leeds International Beer Festival is nearly here. Thanks to some of the finest breweries in attendance at this years event, you can win a LOT of super stuff.