Gig review – Chambers at The Donkey, Thursday 24th February 2022

Chambers. Photo (c) Kevin Gaughan

with The Clarendons and Code Switch Theory

The Donkey has always been a fantastic venue to host Leicester musicians and bands, and this night indeed delivered such a variety of acts. Everyone loves a mixed bag – there is something for everyone, and this is what the night had supplied.

Many different people came in looking forward to spending their Thursday basking in the joys that live music can bring.

The Clarendons were the first band to present themselves, as a trio they performed a mellow acoustic set to warm up the atmosphere and grab the attention of those there to support the live music.

It was a pleasant set, and had attracted me and the whole venue, in which every song and flare of talent was acknowledged with applause and heart-felt cheering. The communication between the band during the set was charming and all the members appeared to enjoy being there. It was fantastic to see such good coordination between band members.

The Clarendons. Photo (c) Kevin Gaughan

After The Clarendons was Code Switch Theory, which played a huge contrast to the night.

I did not expect the transition from melodic acoustics to deep bass and fast-paced blues. What was more impressive was the talent the two members, Haz and Nim, exhibited; they certainly made more noise than I would expect two people to make. The room was filled with unique drum fills and various effects on just one guitar.

This had impressed me, and I could not get enough, it was a shame to see the set finish – the chemistry between Haz and Nim was so reactive, it was so wonderful to see.

Code Switch Theory. Photo (c) Kevin Gaughan

However, the gig did not finish there; Chambers claimed the stage moments later. Once again, I had no idea what to expect, and rightfully so.

They immediately began tearing up the room with solid guitar and strong vocals. I was bewildered by the sheer force, frontman Laurence could project his voice with and had me enthralled with the rest of the set.

Chambers. Photo (c) Kevin Gaughan

Chambers were reminiscent of AC/DC and Aerosmith, which appealed to everyone in the crowd. Such a combination of musicians was enough to make this night not just unique but a successful one to say the least.

So many musicians with very diverse talents in one venue really symbolised the community that the Donkey had constructed over time. I am pleased to see the venue thriving and look forward to seeing the aforementioned acts once again.

Watch Code Switch Theory perform A life in Film at the gig.

Watch Chambers perform at the gig.

This gig was organised by Wake up promotions

Reviewed by Imogen Cresswell

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