Saturday 22nd February 2014
By The Rivers at the Soundhouse
Tonight at The Soundhouse: By The Rivers, The Daydream Club, The Brandy Thieves and Careen
There was a real sense of occasion tonight for this prestigious event at The Soundhouse.
All advance ticket has sold out and the venue was full to capacity – something not frequently seen in
Folk group Careen started tonight’s show, the four musicians including the well-known singer and
songwriter Jake Manning on guitar.
Wonderful vocals filled the room, backed by a variety of instruments bringing delicious and ear-pleasing sounds. We saw an ensemble of musicians feeding off each other’s vibes such that, even ig you were not a folkie fan, this was good music to captivate and hold you attention. Career’s appealing songs provided a richly good start to the evening, delivering lively, upbeat tunes and melodies. If you are not already a fan of careen, tonight’s set would certainly have won you over.
Careen has an album of their music out now, get more details from their bandcamp site
It was good to see so many members of Leicester’s music community in the room tonight; always a good sign when musicians who are not part of the line-up are there to support those who are. Many well-known muserti faces in the crowd tonight bore witness to this being as auspicious event. One of Leicester’s most popular bands took to the stage.
The Brandy Thieves
The Brandy Thieves established themselves last year as a band with a large following of music fans and won many plaudits for their original songs and exhilarating live performances. Tonight The Brandy Thieves opened with their hallmark song The Owl and the Pussycat, its memorable opening bars breaking into a vibrant foot-stomping beat and the band soon made the room sparkle with its music. Andrea Kenney, lead singer, is one of the finest band front-vocalists in the local area and whenever she is one stage – whether with the ‘Thieves or as a solo artist – it is a memorable occasion. The band’s magic brand of gypsy-folk, punk and ska music swells to fill any size of venue; they have penned a superb set of songs which they perform with great relish and enthusiasm. So many of their songs are memorable and all have a high degree of originality. Andrea Kenney’s voice carried over the background noise in the room and the infectious rhythms grabbed everyone’s ears.
You can see the Brandy Thieves again when they support Neville Staple (The Specials) and The Paradimes (among others) on 29th March at Streetlife club in Leicester.
The final support act for the evening was the suitably named The Daydream Club. This act is a duo who are currently based in Leicester and have just released a new EP, called Found. They played all but one song from this EP tonight and performed fantastically, captivating the audience really well. They have a folky style quite similar to the album by Robert Plant and Alison Krauss. Expect big things from this duo as they have already secured a support slot with The South (formerly The Beautiful South) and are already writing songs for their next release.
The headline band for tonight was By The Rivers. Arguably the best known band from Leicester after Kasabian, their music appeals to a wide cross-section of people and from the first song the audience started to dance. The party continued as one ear-licking song after another rolled off the stage.
What makes BTR stand out is the beautifully blended voices of singers Nile Barrow and Jordan Birtles. Tonight Jordan’s melodica gave the songs that hallmark sound.
It matters not how many times you see this band, By The Rivers is one act you never tire of and no matter how many times you hear their songs, you are always up for hearing them again – the mark of a great band.
Altogether this was an outstanding night of live music brought to The Soundhouse by some of Leicester’s web bands. It will go down as one of the highlight gigs of 2014.
By the Rivers is one of a very select number of Leicester acts to have played at the Glastonbury