Review – FutureSoundOfLeicester: Jools at The Cookie, Saturday 20th July 2019

Photo: Jools by Kevin Gaughan

with Day Of The Moon and The Cons

The gig was organised by  The Cookie

Reviewed by Aleksandra Brzezicka

With the support of Day Of The Moon and The Cons, punx from Jools tore The Cookie to pieces as part of a series of shows, Future Sound of Leicester, featuring the best local and rising acts. If the future does actually sound like Jools, we should be afraid of it no more.

‘We’re The Cons and we’re not very good so bear with us’ said the singer right before the dirty circus of punchy pop-punk had rolled in. The Cons put together the distortion, greasiness and lots of bass together into their own grungy punk mix. Besides occasional flatness in sound, their ability to be emo in a hardcode manner and smuggle a few rock ‘n’ roll riffs, is admirable. The final track, You Hate Me And I Hate You, finished it off with a proper punk punch and a few f words.

They’re The Cons and they seem to be quite good at what they’re doing.

The Cons Photo: Kevin Gaughan

Leicester new indie formation, Day Of The Moon, took over the stage with their groovy rock, influenced by Nothing But Thieves, Catfish and The Bottlemen and a gentle touch of Rival Sons. They started off with straight-from-outer-space psychedelic beats (praise the keyboard) to land a few dirty indie tones. Playing it safe for most of the show, they set the bar higher, with Fever, from the new Forest Fire EP. It’s the song to burn bridges to and run, fast and far, never looking back, it was the best song of the set.

Day Of The Moon Photo: Kevin Gaughan

Jools are the band we didn’t know we needed. Their devilsend wild post-punk, orbiting somewhere around Shame, Idles and raw hardcore, makes us involuntarily, along with shaman-like frantic frontman, Mitchell Gordon, punch ourselves in our heads so we stay sane. Awake. It’s not that hard when a raw wave of well-layered and harmonised noise aka Hysterical Starving Naked or sharp, lyrically rap-like, Hands To Yourself, hits you.

Jools Photo: Kevin Gaughan

Jools are proudly political in Working Class Hero or Good Morning Britain, creating the so-needed sense of unity. Both spiritually and in the moshpit. Instrumentally, the heavy and (a bit) lighter bits collided in the unholy mess of dirty riffs, countless breakdowns and simple tones followed by dirty distortions. Last one, Almost Famous was like gasoline added to the fire, guaranteeing a hell of a finale. Jools seemed to know that the present went wrong but they’ll make sure that we’ll enjoy it while it lasts.

Watch out for their forthcoming EP.

Jools Photo: Kevin Gaughan

See our interview with Jools before they performed and see their performance of Hysterical Starving Naked at the gig:

See Jools’ Facebook page.

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