Live at The Key Club on Tuesday, 5th April 2016
Way back in 1971, a man singing for a world in turmoil asked 'Do you believe in rock 'n' roll, can music save your mortal soul'? Tonight at The Key Club, The Loose Cut answered those questions like many great bands before or since - with a resounding yes. Their debut run of shows features a rotating roster organised by European Tour Collective, and for this homecoming gig they top the bill.
The crowd are warmed up with energetic sets from the likes of Lazlo, Amongst Thieves, and Scout Killers, all of whom showcase a penchant for high-octane hardcore indie - the kind that doffs its cap to everyone from Hundred Reasons to Incubus to fellow Yorkshire success story Bring Me The Horizon. It's a line-up that doesn't quite chime with the tone of the headline act, but suits the size and vibe of the venue nonetheless.
When The Loose Cut finally plug in, it's clear they're happy to be doing so. Having built a local following over the past few years - in a previous incarnation they won a competition to be the first band onstage at the First Direct Arena - their talent and passion for playing together is obvious. Guitarist and singer George Fayle talks to the crowd like Alex Turner but sings to them like Eddie Vedder channeling Chris Cornell, and there's meat in the music too.
A powerful shot of straight ahead rock mixed with a healthy dose of blues-funk rounds out their sound, with enough groove in their heart (and bass) to suggest they could even go full Chili Peppers if they wanted. The urge to indulge in 20 minute fretless jams may come later in their career if at all, but it's nice to watch a band at the beginning of their journey and know that potential for artistic expansion will not be curtailed by lack of chops.
The Loose Cut finish up with their second single Come Around, and the rush of people to the stage as the last note rings out shows that for this band, as long as the songs keep coming, so will the fans.