Yonaka produced the complete gig with an display of musical brilliance at The Fleece, Bristol on Sunday night. Vocals and instruments, pitch perfect with an on stage presence you would not forget.
Yonaka’s trademark bright red logo and lights contrasted well with the harsh black pillars and walls of the venue. Which was packed with willing Sunday night fans of all ages and gender, showing just how wide reaching their music is.
Their set was a mixture of known and loved tracks for the crowd to sing along to and new material they want to share, a balance which is always hard to achieve. Yonaka drove a sledgehammer through any worries that a band may have when performing new material, as they kept up the momentum all night.
They opened the show with tracks; ‘Bad Company’, ‘Awake’, and ‘Creatures’ with the thundering drum pedal from Rob Mason that sent ripples to your spine and the frantic guitar playing of George Edwards and Alex Crosby which left the place in awe of the band.
Theresa Jarvis is a fantastic lead singer, she rampages around the stage switching between her rapping style and vocal singing with ease. At the same time engaging with the crowd to a level which made everyone watching feel like she was personality singing to them.
Theresa readied the crowd before the band played their new material ‘Lose your Heads’ and ‘Punch Bag’. After hearing theses new tracks I will be waiting with even more anticipation for their new album, which is due for release on the 31 st of May.
George seems to have a mad amount of energy on lead guitar which seemed to encourage Theresa to involve the crowd even more during songs like ‘Rockstar’ and ‘Fucking with the boss’, at one point the crowd was instructed to get down then in unison the fans popped up into a mosh while Yonaka played on.
Ending the gig with the same attitude which was present throughout the night, Yonaka played ‘Fired Up’ with Theresa pointing the microphone towards the crowd who belted back the lyrics of the track, then as the lights bounced back to stage every band member delighted the crowd with blaring guitars, tank like drum beats and wonderful singing!
Chief support tonight was Valeras and like Yonaka they have a lead singer in Rose Yagmur who has star quality, Valeras are a polished and well glued group with soft guitar riffs with a steady drum beat which produced bobbing of heads in time with their music. Rose has a great voice which has character and provides an added layer to the bands songs and there has to be a special mention for the cow bell which found its way into one of the tracks, any band that’s creative to be able to add that instrument into their record is well worth their salt.
Cassyette opened tonight and had a good size crowd which they entertained with their Glam rock sound and image, there was some amazing guitar solos thrown in which caught the eyes and ears of the gig goers. At one point at the end of the set there was a little miss beat which meant the band had to start the track again but they were professional and it did no harm to the overall
‘Spit Out’ is the song which got the most reaction from the crowd and it’s on the new EP Cassyette are releasing soon and it’s full of energy and excitement which this band brings to the party.
Written by Kess Anthony
If you ever needed a rude awakening that the weekend starts on Friday night, it didn’t take long for Sœur to inform you as they tore up Friday night with roaring guitars and constant drum beats.
‘Moles’ is a legendary venue in the heart of Bath city centre, as you walk through the doors you're met by the faces of artists that have inspired the bands of today with their posters plastered to the walls. The place has a history of influential music that seeps into the foundations.
Music when performed well can enrich the lives of the listener and engulf their lives with joy, and Sœur understand this concept and delivered on each and every track they provided.
Sœur has a haunting grunge sound drenched in heavy chords and backed up with well developed lyrics.
They produce a sound louder than the three piece band of Anya Pulver, Tina Maynard and James Collins should be able to, but together they come out with roaring and blaring guitars with a heavy drum beat added with an occasional softer cymbals which adds layers to their records.
Sœur exude energy and challenges the fans to match the momentum on stage, the regular faces in the crowd stood up to the challenge and the new faces in the crowd followed suit. All three members, gives a physical performance and seem to have fun and enjoy their time on stage.
Anya and Tina dual front the band and seem to blend effectively together with Anya’s heavier riffs which mould well with Tina’s more spiky tones from her guitar, the same can be said about the tones of their voices which allows all three band member to grow on stage to form a dynamic force.
Sœur have beautifully crafted and written songs which bravely explore the complexity of our daily lives and the struggles which become entwined with our state of mind. This allows the band to demonstrate the emotion in their lyrics in tracks such as ‘Left living’, ‘Whole me’, and ‘No show’ which is the latest record released by the band.
‘Fight’ was an excellent track to end a gig as it sent electric into the crowd that engulfed the fans into a frenzy, then the mosh pit ascended at the every crescendo of the record, the crowd were left wanting more but knew that Sœur had given everything and left to an applause of appreciation.
Vrillon opened tonight with a good sized early crowd they have intense heavy tones and an angry booming vocal display which is great to hear.
ILL WILL provided non-stop guitar riffs and powerfully sung tracks without taking a break between songs but when you’re enjoying the sound of a chief support act why would you want to take a breather because you just want more music and this is what ILL WILL did really well.
Written by Kess Anthony
What an amazing gig! That is all that needs to be said! But I will expand, and tell you about ‘Area 11’ and the supporting bands who gave their all and showed off what they are all about, when each of them tore up the Fleece on Monday night.
Outside the venue, before the doors were opened we were met by an army of ‘Area 11’ fans stretching back around to two sides of the building, and ‘Area 11’ are by far the best merchandise selling machine I have seen in a long time with every member of that army sporting their band’s colours.
The Fleece, the venue for the night’s action is a building with a dominating and historical presence in the heart of Bristol. Inside you find black walls and strangely placed pillars, which are convenient for the listeners to hang onto when the roaring vibrations of the music rattles through the space.
‘Area 11’ owned the stage and had the crowd jumping, singing, and shouting for more. The band was full of energy which radiated out to their fans who responded in equal measure. Lead vocalist, Tom ‘Sparkles’ Clarke mentioned during the set that he had been suffering from a cold but there was no need to worry as he provided a great vocal display and there was no suffering for anyone else to be had. They have an aggressive and atmospheric sound, driven by a heavy drum beat from Leo Taylor and that provided the base to the amazing performance, then added to by Alex ‘Parv’ Parvis who provided his layer of high clarity guitar riffs which sent the crowd into a frenzy. While Jonathon ‘Kogie’ Kogan stead heavy tones tied everything together.
This was a homecoming gig for ‘Area 11’ and it is clear they have built an impressive fan base which welcomed with a chorus of singing along to the bands lyrics whenever Tom pointed the microphone towards them. Their sound allows them to be highly charged with loud heavy beats and a mixture of vocal volumes and tones to press home the fine points of their lyrics and the crowd loved it, when the door opened after the last song the pure wonder on the faces leaving the Fleece was great to see.
October Drift were the support act on just before ‘Area 11’ and these wild animals rampaged on and off the stage and really got the crowd going, you could physically feel the crowd buzzing from the performance Kiran, Chris, Alex and Dan gave tonight. All of the band members have an energy that is a natural talent any band would love to have. October Drift’s sound is raw and exciting, with nonstop guitars and drums hammering beats out with beautifully crafted lyrics.
They bring everything which is good about bands like ‘The Editors’ and ‘Joy Division’ and moulded them into their songs to create their own unique sound. The fans didn’t know where to look as Kiran was in the crowd, on the dance floor, and on the bar where beers had to be stopped serving to allow this defiant musical performance to take place, then the listeners would turn to see Chris, Alex and Dan playing full speed on their instruments.
‘Misery Kids’ provided a fun element to tonight proceedings with their crafted alternative pop/rock they had the crowd in the palm of their hands for all of their songs. They eased between tracks when they chatted with the crowd to produce a solid overall performance. The green and pink lights bounced off the bands summer shirts and informed the listeners that there was a party about to start. Their alternative rock and disco vibes and pitch perfect vocals from Nic and Alex blended well together.
First on the stage was ‘Sinclair’ and they had a very good size crowd and rewarded the early birds with a great indie display, the band played their first ever track which was intriguing listen and a brand new one. I can’t wait to hear this song released as it’s a banger. The band is driven by a bass beat that keeps giving, and a softer toned guitar and drums, Olivia has a good vocal range which she showed off during Sinclair’s own original tracks and a couple of polished cover copies which meant the band provided great entertainment.
This was a very good gig and we encourage you to book a ticket to see any of these bands live.
Written by Kess Anthony
Hy-Brasil played host to an exciting young singer songwriter on Friday evening, the small stage covered with fairy lights was the perfect venue for Emily Capell’s first gig in Bristol. She provided the audience with great music in an intimate and personal setting. Hy-Brasil is in the centre of Bristol’s busy city centre and is becoming the hub of a very active music scene.
The first thing you notice of Emily is not the beehive hairstyle or her Mod style, it’s her massive personality which is fun, active, and interesting. Emily seems at ease on stage and engages fantastically with her crowd; between songs she was providing antidotes about her song lyrics and sharing her amazement about Bristol accruing four Nandos restaurants in one city.
“101 Walteron Road” the track that kicked off Emily’s gig is a new song which will be included in her upcoming album, due for release in August this year. We quickly understood why the track is on the album as the song is fast paced and easy listening with a strong vocal performance.
Emily is an intriguing wordsmith, with her style of observational lyrics, she manages to bind messages from modern culture and political worries with a burst of a celebrity gossip to drive the messages home. Tonight her tracks explored people wearing band t-shirt who have never heard of the band before, to not being able to pay rent prices in London, Tupac wannabes, and a plane which crashed with an amazing group singers onboard.
The sound that Emily and her band make is a mixture of so many genres but they have handled these well to develop a polished sound, we felt the best way to describe Emily was a mix of Ska and Indie with catchy quirky lyrics.
Emily also has a impressive vocal range which we witnessed today in songs like ‘Calypso’ and ‘Until Monday’, she was able to maintain her sound and the balanced tones of her voice throughout all of her 12 track set.
During the song “Joey” Emily playfully pointed out her special guest Joey Barton, albeit a cardboard cutout of the footballer, who when he originally heard the track tweeted saying the song is about him and has since become a running joke that comes with a track that is playful and well worth a listen.
Emily sent the listeners home happy with her last song ‘Bonanza’ which is driven by a guitar beat and is a fitting way to finish the gig, as it’s a bubbly, fast paced and layered with a strong and reaching vocal display.
A mention must also go to the nights supporting act, Hush Mozey, this is a young band developing their craft and they are developing well. With a tight musical performance driven by a steady bass beat and backed up by the rustic tones of the lead singer. They have added the harmonica and trumpet within their sound which provides an extra layer to their music. They also seem to enjoy being on stage and showing people what they can do.
Written by Kess Anthony and Matt Nicholson
On a cold winter’s Monday night music lovers who braved the weather were rewarded when ‘Island’ heated up the atmosphere at the ‘Rough Trade’ venue and almost sent their fans to a musical meltdown.
The small intimate venue with its pitch black walls and beer keg stands for speakers to sit provided a up close and personal gig which fans of ‘Island’ won’t forget for a long time. Tonight was a display of ‘Islands’ developing an adoring fan base as the place was sold out before the doors were even opened.
‘Island’ have a hypnotic ability with their songs, they drift off to a dream like state and carry you along for the journey. It is a none stop high tempo ride with the band producing the same energy and power for each and every song.
‘Island’ are a band who enjoy their craft and bring a lot of fun to their gigs, the ease with how Jack Raeder and James Wolfe play their guitar and bass is fantastic to watch and they’re backed up by the absorbing drumming style of Toby Richards, which is then balanced by Rollo Doherty who along with his guitar brings a rustic tone from his voice which engages the listener in every track.
Every single member of this band displays their individual personality on the stage and they combine them all to make a sound that can equally light up a party or settle you into a calm musical mood. During certain songs the band were delighted to jam along together with a drum stick flying in the air and the odd guitar face off.
‘Island’ have developed a polished sound and have an understanding of what makes their music appealing, a drum beat that drives the tracks along with guitar strings striking out recognisable tones and lyric which are easy to sing along too.
‘Island’ are a rock band so I wasn’t surprised to see how at ease they found it to communicate with the audience between songs at the same time as having a quick swig of a beer before the next song started.
‘Island’ provided a stable of their hits, such as, ‘Day I die’ and ‘Ride’ but they saved a treat for the end, by playing one of their earliest songs ‘Girl’ which had their diehard fans singing along before they departed the stage!
I must also mention Eliza Shaddad who received a very positive reaction from a large crowd at the start of the gig, I have got to say Eliza is one of the best support acts I have seen for a while with lyrics which are personal to her and honestly sung which gave Eliza a great authenticity as a songwriter.
Eliza is a performer who feels every beat and chord she produces, standing on her tiptoes to belt out the notes of her songs and dominating the stage without a band to supporting her. She supplied the volume needed to get the audience’s attention and keep it for the whole of her set.
Written by Kess Anthony