REVIEW: Lostboy at Sidney & Matilda
Sidney & Matilda were the host of Lostboy’s long-awaited gig in Sheffield last month. The band graced the stage with a sense of something to prove, and that they did.
Frontman Max showed sheer enthusiasm the moment he took to the stage waving his hands and shouting to the adoring crowd. His interactions with the audience began the moment our eyes met his. He addressed the crowd comically, bellowing “We all survived Covid!”, evoking laughter from the crowd.
The set list for this show was chosen carefully but effectively, giving fans Lostboy’s classics as well as teasing us by playing three new singles which are to be released in the new year.
One of the classics in question is ‘Fool’. By far one of my favourite songs played during this gig, the band launched into this track with sheer passion and energy, kicking off the weekend in full swing for the punters of Sidney & Matilda. The guitar’s united together creating a perfect sound, the bass rumbling under electric riffs, backed by heavy beats from the drums.
As the bridge kicked in, the frontman had the crowd hanging on his every word while they chanted the lyrics back to him and the band went crazy with their instruments until the very last seconds. Another one of the bands well-loved songs that sent the crowd into carnage was of course, ‘Lita’s Place’.
A song that screams everything early Catfish and The Bottlemen, Max transformed into Van McCann before the crowds very eyes through his intense, energised vocals and the instrumental throughout this track didn’t falter.
‘Selfish’, which one of the new unreleased singles, definitely managed to create enormous amounts of anticipation for its release. Every note felt like dream, starting with a slow build up and a faint guitar riff, emerging into this electric chorus, and the crowd couldn’t get enough!
Perfect and popular, ‘Bad News’ was undoubtedly the most special part of the evening. There wasn’t a mouth in the venue closed as fans sang every word along with the band. The rapport between the crowd and Lostboy was the strongest during this track and I believe every single person in Sidney and Matilda on this night will remember just how amazing the atmosphere was.
Lostboy whatever your mission was for Sheffield, you f**king smashed it!