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October Drift @ Plug

Review of October Drift at The Plug

With barely a mark of their existence on the t’internet, atmospheric rock quartet October Drift have returned, following two sell-out shows at The Plug last year from good ol’ fashioned word of mouth. This month’s string of shows span from Manchester to London and coincide with the release of the groups second single, ‘You Are, You Are’.

Sheffield indie rockers Floodhounds were the first to grace the stage. The three-piece packed an expansive sound of stripped down rock and roll and emitted influences from likes of Artic Monkeys, White Stripes and Kasabian. Apart from a few minor slip-ups, the young trio were able to deliver an engaging half hour of catchy tunes, and undoubtedly won over the crowd, as they exited the stage to a few crazed cries of “I love you”.

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With a futuristic sound dubbed as ‘New Culture’, another local trio affirmed the suggestions that they are one of the most promising bands Sheffield has to offer. Blending programmed beats, glittering guitar melodies and atmospheric sounds, the band added a breath of fresh air to the night’s bill. Although the bands idiosyncratic genre-blending was hit or miss at times, Ordnance bumped up excitement levels before handing over to headliners October Drift.

Back by popular demand, headliners October Drift were greeted by a crowded room of fans, eagerly awaiting new material. Once again, the band delivered with an energetic live performance which almost blew the roof off. Treating the audience to a stellar half an hour of fuzzy guitars, glistening hooks and euphoric vocals, the band proved themselves worthy of their flourishing reputation.

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