I caught five awesome bands at the Head Above The Clouds Charity Day in aid of the charity Mind, at Camden Assembly yesterday. I’d originally booked the event so I could see Sisteray. They are a fantastic punk/rock band who always put on a great live performance and have produced some excellent songs. Before the event, as a last minute thing, I decided to look up some of the other bands online and realised that this was an amazing line-up of talent. I had to be somewhere else in the late evening, so unfortunately couldn’t stay to see the two headlining bands, but what I did see were five great bands who are well worth going to watch. I also found a new favourite band, Crimsons, who are exceptional!
This is going to be a short review, but I couldn’t not mention this band, who were already on stage when I arrived at the venue. Wooze are a funky two-piece. I only caught their last track but it was mesmerising and I would have liked to have seen more of their show. Definitely a band to look out for.
I couldn’t find much about them online. Here’s a link to their Facebook page where you can follow them: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Woozeband
They’re also on Soundcloud, but haven’t posted any tunes there yet: https://soundcloud.com/woozeband
[photo credit: Debora Goldmoon]
Next up were Rosko. I’d never heard of this band. They have some cool melodies and quite a unique hip-hop/punk/rock sound. It was an entertaining set. The charismatic lead singer’s attitude and style remind me of frontmen like Mike Patton or Sebastian Bach. He engages really well with the audience. The band gave an energetic performance. Their set included “Chameleon”, “White Stilettos”, and “Size Matters”. Highlights for me were when the band played their single “The Boys”, which is available online. I’d briefly listened to that before the show and thought it was good. The live performance really brought the track to life.
Another highlight was the blistering ending to the final song in their set “Snifter”. It was an awesome climax of heavy guitars and drumming. This is a band to watch.
Sam Craighan’s solo set was a laid back performance of atmospheric, mellow songs. He’s adept at both the guitar and electronic keyboards and also has a great voice. It was an entertaining half-hour set, which included his track “Catholic Kid”.
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I’ve been following Sisteray for a while now and seen them live a couple of times. Their half-hour set at The Camden Assembly yesterday included all the tracks from their excellent 15 Minutes EP, as well as Gentrification, and A Wise Man Said, also a couple of other tracks that I don’t know the titles of! 🙂 Their performance was not as high energy as it usually is, which was down to some sound issues that caused the band not to be able to hear each other, which I think was frustrating for them. I didn’t notice that there were any sound issues and only knew about it when the lead singer mentioned it. The songs sounded great to me.
Sisteray are a fantastic live band, well worth going to see. They have some brilliant tracks; their music has a punk rock attitude, with catchy riffs and melodies, and insightful lyrics with relevant social commentary at the core.
Crimsons’ performance was the highlight of the day for me because I’d never heard of this band before but absolutely loved the set.
I’d listened to their EP “Shy Talk” on Spotify the night before the festival to check them out and was immediately hooked. It’s great when you can find a new favourite band at one of these festivals 🙂
Crimsons’ music is quite hard to describe and doesn’t fit into any particular category apart from awesome. They remind me a bit of a young Gene Loves Jezebel, because of the creative and expressive quality of their music as well as the enchanting and captivating tones of the melodies. Having said that, they are quite unique; their brand of indie rock is shoegaze, psychedelic, mellow, and chic… or something like that 🙂 They had me enthralled from the start to the finish of their set.
I’ll definitely be looking out for more music from Crimsons.
I captured a snippet of their performance of “Born on a Different Day” from their new EP.
Catch Crimsons live at Jimmy’s in Manchester on September 23rd. Details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/249458095545991