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Mockingbird BarI think it's safe to say the concept of the Mockingbird cinema has been sold to my girlfriend and I as we decided that we'd love to go and see a film at this cute independent cinema which creates such an intimate vibe with the screen. I digress, we saw Sleepy Heads at the bar area who's lead singer has a fantastic voice and despite playing quite a few covers made me want to go and check out their music, not to mention there was an air of confidence about them that is usually missing at these intimate gigs! Unfortunately we didn't get to see a gig in the actual cinema despite sitting down for one twice because they were running over - so it's a shame we missed UUOO and Elle Chante but hopefully I'll catch them some other time!
Anyway, rant aside - Suki10C is where I saw some of the greatest performances. We walked in to accidentally catch Flares' set and they were brilliant - the acoustics were bit rubbish in the venue but you could clearly see their nurturing talent on the stage as they commanded the stage as if they were 15 years their senior. A few of their tunes were absolute crackers as well, I'd love to see them put on Spotify at some point so I can keep them in rotation!
Then came the band we were there to see, Echo Beach!. And I always maintain the stance that if you can impress my girlfriend then you've done REALLY well, she's a very harsh judge of live bands and she loved Echo Beach! and Flares. Echo Beach! stormed through tunes with such ease it was exhilarating to be a part of and their cover of Amsterdam by Nothing But Thieves was truly majestic, they reminded me a lot of Wolf Alice in the sense that they can flip from heavy to soft with such ease and make it seem like such a natural transition. I genuinely can't say enough nice things about them, just go check out their single "She".
The Engine RoomThis was the venue with the best vibe, and whilst I didn't really like how the stage was in the corner it definitely contained most of the bands I wanted to see on the day.
The first band we caught there was Dirty Jane, an exciting, loud and raucous band who you feel could command a large crowd into numerous mosh pits - which is hard to do when theres only 6 people in the room. However, I don't think they could quite get the sound right in the room, which seemed to frustrate them quite a lot as their lead singer struggled to get his vocals over the instruments and this just led to noise some of the time. One to watch though, I can imagine them gaining a cult following.