Live at Headrow House on Friday, 15th April 2016
New kid on the block for live music, Headrow House, was home to the Marsicans sold out show on Friday 15, with support from Bradford's latest outfit, Glass Mountain and local favourites, Carnabells.
Kicking off the night with their first-ever live show was Glass Mountain. Bradford born and bred, the indie 4-piece warmed up the crowd well, playing the lead track from their new EP 'Glacial', due out on June 10. At almost 7 minutes long, the track is a slow-burner filled with dreamy guitars and pounding drums.
Lead singer Harry Hanson's intimate lyrics ''Can you crave me like I crave you?'' were hauntingly dark, yet inviting, creating harmonies that filled the room with moving and melancholic music. Aside from Hanson resembling a young Kurt Cobain, with blond hair falling across his face as he strummed his guitar, Glass Mountain had remnants of the likes of Jimmy Eat World, a personal favourite of mine, making it hard to believe this was their first time in front of a live audience. I can't wait to see what else they have to offer.
Up next was Carnabells, raising the tone of the night as they strutted onto the stage and dived straight into their track 'We found freedom', followed on by their 2015 release 'Catching Fire'. After a jam-packed summer filled with slots at some of the UK's biggest festivals, the Carnabells proved themselves worthy, returning to Leeds bigger and better than ever.
Mid set and grinning down the mic full of indie swagger, front man Luke Thompson introduced the bands latest release 'Belle of the Strutters' Ball', a track filled with catchy rhythms and upbeat piano riffs that soon got the audience bopping along. Their set carried on with some of their earlier material, 'Station Road' and 'Turn To Gold', with the Methley lads putting there all into each track, full throttle, leaving the crowd craving more. Drummer Mitchell Wright took center stage ending the set on a high with an impressive drum solo, smashing the life out of the drums.
Bringing the night to an end was the headline act, Marsicans, who bounded onto the stage full of youthful energy. The Leeds 4-piece have been busy bees so far this year, writing, gigging and releasing new music, which has gained them respectable recognition for their live performances.
Plunging straight into tracks 'Far Away' and 'Gone In A Second', the crowd was hit with infectious hooks teamed with quirky lyrics. Lead singer James Newbigging encouraged the crowd to move closer before kicking off with 'Arms Of Another'. The track has flashes of a young Vampire Weekend mixed with The 1975, full of disco pop beats and happy harmonies that leave you smiling, with the added bonus of Rob Brander's (bass and keys) energetic dancing that captured the crowd's attention.
After 'Arms Of Another' the Marsicans went old school, surprising us with older tracks 'Too Good' and 'Something English', before putting their own spin on the Whitney classic 'I Wanna Dance With Somebody' leading the way for their latest track release, 'Swimming'. To say it was well received is an understatement. The catchy chorus of 'Won't you come swimming/swimming on back to me' is easy to sing-a-long to, which the crowd certainly did. This track is another easy listener, something to bop along to on those summer nights we're all ready for.
'Absence' was the ending track of the night, or so we were led to believe, as shortly after the band came back onto the stage to shouts of 'more/more/more' and played the final track, 'Chivalry'.
With the reputation the Marsicans have already achieved over the past couple of years, it really demonstrates the direction the band is heading. Their future is undoubtedly a bright one, with many more live shows and fans to come.
Carnabells are a guitar thrashing, piano bashing, feet stamping rock 'n' roll 5 piece from a old mining village in the heart of Yorkshire. Formed in the summer of 2012, Carnabells have numerous press reviews, BBC radio play and even a TV appearance under their multi-coloured braces. About to embark on a full UK tour, grab your partner and get ready to dance!
Harry/William/Jonny/Lewis formed a band. Debut "GLACIAL" EP out now on iTunes / Spotify / and on deluxe CD from www.glassmountainband.com