Twisted Wheel- The Wardrobe- 8pm
The band took to the stage just after 8pm to what was quite simply the biggest cheer of the night. When we arrived at the venue it wasn’t busy at all but within ten minutes and with the ever growing amount of ‘wheeeeeeeel’ shouts it was completely packed. Walking onto the stage with the swagger and confidence that we have come to expect of the Oldham three piece they flew straight into the brilliant ‘Lucy and The Castle’ sending the crowd into some sort of musical frenzy. Johnny’s voice sounds as strong and powerful as ever and as the song comes to an end you feel as if you have just watched the whole set.
With little being said in between songs power through the set leaving the crowd no time to catch their breath. ‘We Are Us’ gets a similar reaction and you can see a slight smile creep on to Johnny’s face as the crowd raise the bar and can be well heard despite the best efforts of the band.
This isn’t what tonight is about though, tonight is about the band playing new material that is previously unheard to the majority of the crowd. Playing new songs to a crowd is considered one of the hardest things to do when playing live; not for these boys. The few songs that were played tonight incorporate the same energy, passion and vocal power as the older songs, but what really set them apart is an obvious growth of maturity amongst the band in terms of song writing. The way they set up the songs and allow the song to build up and launch into powerful catchy choruses is a real sign of progress. Judging on tonight’s evidence, this second album has all the makings of being something special, watch this space.