SHEAFS @ THE ROCKING CHAIR
Sheffield’s reputation as one of Britain’s best music scenes looks set to continue with another addition to the gauntlet Arctic Monkeys, Drenge and co. have thrown down. Comparisons to ‘Whatever People Say I Am…’ do not go unfounded this time; it would be easy to write Sheafs off as Arctic wannabes but, unlike a lot of other unsigned bands coming out of South Yorkshire, they’ve got the songs to back it up.
The Sheffield five piece (Lawrence Feenstra on lead vocals; Chris Goodacre on lead guitar and backing vocals; Charles Mellor on guitar; Callum Wright on bass; and Charlie Eastap on drums) have their biggest tour date in the pipeline at Scruff of the Neck records’ gig at Plug in March, but their sold-out Rocking Chair show is a good taster of things to come. Book-ended by opener ‘Take Your Exit and Leave By The Side Door’ and new single ‘Punchline’, the 45 minute slot is raucous, crowded and sweaty, as any gig in the Rocking Chair’s intimate basement should be.
Debut single ‘Anticipation, No Consolation’ is a set highlight, a punk song that’s already had airplay on BBC Radio Sheffield. It’s 2 minutes of ferocious guitar-picking and the crowd chanting ‘What yer gonna do next?’ The quieter moments match up too – they performed a new, slower song ‘Waiting for the Ampersand”, a perfect moment of quiet against noise and grunge.
Recorded at Steel City Studio’s, ‘Nobody’s Watching’ is a fan favourite, Feenstra spitting out “It’s not like nobody’s watching/ we’re all looking and you are clocking us all“, backed up by heavy, repetitive riffs. The drummer (Eastap) barely pauses for breath, pummeling through the set with severity, keeping energy levels up to the rafters right until the end.
Expect big things from the band in 2016 as new single ‘Punchline’ comes out on Friday 18th March.
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