Review: Seafret @ Exeter Phoenix

Having seen Seafret perform 4 years ago in the basement of a Manchester club, I had high expectations for this gig. Despite the rising fears surrounding COVID-19 after four people in Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital testing positive that morning, there was a decent crowd present for Seafret’s performance at Exeter Phoenix. The atmosphere at the start of the night was somewhat timid with the crowd fairly well spread in the standing area. However, as the night progressed and people got more comfortable, the atmosphere lifted with a few groups dancing and many others singing along. Continue reading Review: Seafret @ Exeter Phoenix

Preview: Seafret @ Exeter Phoenix

Sunday 15th March – 7:30pm – Exeter Phoenix

Seafret performs at the Exeter Phoenix for the first time this Sunday night as part of their European tour. The British music duo from Bridlington, consisting of singer, Jack Sedman, and guitarist, Harry Draper, met at an open mic night. They both grew up on the coast, so took inspiration from this for much of their music and for their band name. Continue reading Preview: Seafret @ Exeter Phoenix

Review: Cavetown @ The Fleece

Cavetown @ The Fleece, Bristol, 10/12/19

For any of you who don’t know, Cavetown (aka Robin Skinner) started making music on YouTube in 2012, singing a mix of ukulele covers and original songs from his bedroom. Now, at the age of 21, not only does he have over a million subscribers on his YouTube channel, but he has also self-released three studio albums and amassed nearly three million monthly listeners on Spotify. That means, when we arrived at his gig 20 minutes before doors opened, the queue to get in already snaked around the building and down the street (the YouTube cult is committed, and kind of terrifying…). Luckily, after a little too long standing in the rain, which the wind was helpfully blowing into our faces, we managed to get in just as the first support act was beginning their set and wiggle our way towards the front. Continue reading Review: Cavetown @ The Fleece

Review: No Hot Ashes @ Exeter Cavern

Having only recently started listening to No Hot Ashes’ music, I had perhaps strangely high expectations for this gig. The band’s almost indescribable sound is captivating, seemingly mixing funk instrumentals with the forceful vocals of punk, and something I knew would be even more impressive live.

The night started with two support acts, Harry Mason and Paradigm, who managed to breathe some life into the otherwise unfortunately sparse venue, certainly catching the attention of the people who did attend. However, with the introduction of No Hot Ashes to the stage, people seem to come out of nowhere to gather a fairly decent crowd for an early evening midweek gig. Continue reading Review: No Hot Ashes @ Exeter Cavern

Review: Loyle Carner @ Exeter Great Hall

It was always going to feel weird at a gig in the same place I’ve been forced to do so many exams. I was just getting past that, and the ridiculous Freshers’ Ball flashbacks (hello Professor Green), when the first surprise came out: Arlo Parks. Maybe I didn’t try hard enough to find out beforehand, but who was supporting Loyle Carner on his epic European tour seemed to be the best kept secret and one I was grateful to finally hear. Continue reading Review: Loyle Carner @ Exeter Great Hall

Preview: Ocean Wisdom @ The Lemon Grove

London-born rapper Ocean Wisdom, named the “future of UK Hip-Hop” by Complex Magazine, has enjoyed a meteoric rise since he dropped his debut track ‘Walkin’’ in the summer of 2015. Since then, he has released three sensational albums, collaborating with Hip-Hop heavyweights such as Dizzee Rascal. Continue reading Preview: Ocean Wisdom @ The Lemon Grove

Interview: Joshua “Joe” Keogh from Amber Run

Before Amber Run’s gig at The Lemon Grove, I chatted to the band’s lead singer Joshua “Joe” Keogh. With the support act’s sound check playing faintly in the background, we discussed everything from their new album Philophobia, to their inspiration, and the sometimes crazy responses of their fans.

So, the new album’s just come out, I thought I’d start by asking you a couple questions about that. How are you finding the initial response to it?

I think it’s been good. [Although] I don’t actually read reviews because, for the first record and the second record, I definitely did and I fell into that trap of [seeing that] they’re all great and then you see the one that says you’re terrible and [that affects you]. I’ve started to realise, for my own sanity, just not to read any and to know that what you did was the best you could do in that moment. So, I believe it’s going well but I couldn’t tell you for certain. Continue reading Interview: Joshua “Joe” Keogh from Amber Run

Review: Amber Run @ The Lemon Grove

Arriving at the Lemon Grove just before the doors opened, I was a little surprised to see a relatively large queue. Whilst Amber Run’s lively sounds have, undeniably, brought them success, they are perhaps still on the fringes of mainstream indie and are yet to enter the realm of such names as The Arctic Monkeys or The 1975. But it seems Amber Run have some particularly devoted fans, as would become more apparent as the evening went on. Continue reading Review: Amber Run @ The Lemon Grove

Interview: Oli Khan from Sea Girls

Interviewing drummer Oli Khan from Sea Girls was like having a chat with a mate’s mate at a uni house party. We chatted in a small room with a low slanted ceiling, my phone sat on a stool to record the conversation. Oli went on to talk about feeling good, doing whatever makes you happiest continually, and making your way in the world with friends at your side: Continue reading Interview: Oli Khan from Sea Girls

Review: Sea Girls @ The Fleece, Bristol

The three-piece band Mysterines opened for Sea Girls at Bristol venue, The Fleece. Even listening to them before the gig left me unprepared for their loud, fairly heavy style, a ride which warmed up the crowd on what seemed like the first cold day of the year.

When the main act came on to the stage of this sold-out venue, the expectation was palpable. Sea Girls’ singalong hits like ‘All I Want To Hear You Say’ are massive enough to fill a stadium, with almost everyone following the remarkable vocal line which impressively hit every peak live as perfectly as in the track. This high standard is unsurprising, with their festival performances taking them to the acclaimed BBC Radio One stage at Reading and Leeds. The band still manage to retain an intimacy to their performance though, perhaps naturally so given that the group have been friends since school. The way they styled out their new pieces was particularly unique. I felt like I was singing along even when I didn’t know the words. These were songs I wanted to know, to shout while gripping the barriers in front of a smaller stage, or amongst a mob in an arena. Continue reading Review: Sea Girls @ The Fleece, Bristol