Thursday 17th April 2014
Young bands night at The Shed
On stage tonight: Lydia Mason, Flight 15, The Pretty Goodbyes and The World Can Wait
Another night for younger acts was opened by 14 year old Lydia Mason, the singer from Coalville whose voice is simply stunning. Lydia’s set of well known cover songs were delivered with ease and plenty of passion, a vibrant and enjoyable set that went down a treat with the audience. It is not difficult to see her developing into a singer of distinction if she can ply her natural talent for singing.
Flight 15, the first band of the night, were all aged 15; the three lads, from Leicester and Birmingham, provided a set that was driven by vigorous drumming, vocals from the guitarist and firm bassing. The band’s set opened with a short but atmospheric song before launching into a bouncy second number, into which they put energy and determination. In a set that included Biffy Clyro’s ‘The Captain‘ and Jimi Henrix’s ‘Hey Joe‘, they kept their momentum going. An impressive set.
From Loughborough the five members of The Pretty Goodbyes soon got the room moving with an attractive indie song before moving on to a cover of Arctic Monkey’s ‘Arabella‘, as well as doing some of their own songs. Not short on attack and dynamism, they covered a song by Britney Spears, which went down well and their lead guitarist was able to show his skills on the strings. Lead singer George Evans then took to the keyboard during ‘Late Night‘ by Foals. With some of their own songs which were rich in rhythm and beats, this was a good performance.
The evening’s finale came with the set by The World Can Wait. Before starting to play, they asked people to come to the front, always a good move. A band with a strong vocal layer, backing vocals came from Will Thorpe on bass, Tina Tompkin on drums and the lead singer Sulley Archer, whose clear and robust voice carried well over the backline. Alongside their own songs, including ‘Rabbit in the Headlights‘ (watch them playing this on Youtube), they played some attractive covers such as Iron Maiden’s cover of UFO’s ‘Doctor, doctor‘ , ‘How you remind me‘ (Nickleback), ‘Loose lips sink ships’ (Change of Pace), ‘American Idiot‘ (Green Day) and their closing number ‘No Hablo Ingles‘ (Bowling for Soup.) A band that always puts on an enjoyable set of indie and alt rock numbers, grounded in pop-rock and pop-punk, able to write likeable original songs, they have nothing to hold them back. Many young bands have launched their music careers at The Shed, going on to becoming some of the top acts in Leicester, and this, if my guess is right, will be one of them.
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