Live music weekend

What a weekend! It started on Thursday night actually when we went to see one of our favourite live bands Fatherson playing The Lending Room in Leeds.

This 4 piece indie band, from Kilmarnock are seriously going places. Their latest release ‘Open Book’ is heavier than their last album ‘I am an island’ and wow does it take you on a journey. Just the right side of heavy, full of all the feels and Ross Leightons (lead singer) vocals are outstanding.

This is the 5th time we’ve seen them now (the band actually recognise us, not that we’re stalkers or anything!) and one of the reasons why I love them so much is their honesty on stage. They visibly looked shocked when the audience sing the lyrics to ‘Always‘ or ‘Joanna‘ back to them. Mark (bass guitar) always looks like he’s having the best time!

One of the things I absolutely love about listening to live music is the chance to see and hear new bands that you haven’t heard before and Thursday night was no exception to this. A truly dynamic introduction to a London band The Pearl Harts. The opening statement on their website kinda sums up this explosion of sound perfectly,

“Tiny, tiny girls that look like giants on stage..
All you can think to do is ask them out for ice cream
and all they want to do is wreck your house and firebomb your car.”

More about these pocket rockets further down the page!

Friday night was somewhat chaotic to say the least! We had tickets for The British Sound Project at Victoria Warehouse in Manchester. Fatherson were playing again but Mark was keen to see Mallory Knox and Twin Atlantic. Lonely the Brave were playing too, and we’ve seen them at a small gig in Sheffield earlier this year and I really enjoyed their set.

We were so disappointed 🙁 Due to heavy traffic and setting off later than we planned meant that we missed the Fatherson set, but hey ho – we were still in time for the others. Well, that would be if the sound and acoustics were so bad that we stayed for about 20 minutes and hot footed it over the Manchester Uni to catch The Pearl Harts who were playing a set that night. I am so glad we did – we had such an amazing night, and the girls most definitely didn’t disappoint.

These are now firmly on my playlist and definitely ones to watch. Their latest single ‘Hit the Bottle’ is out now and I very much look forward to hearing more new music from Kirsty and Sara.

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