The first band on stage for the night was JEKYLL, a four-piece band from Blackpool whom it is easy to draw a comparison to Muse with. This similarity comes in large part to lead singer Joel’s vocals displaying a vast range and effectively portraying intense emotion through the bands set. This gig at Sacred Trinity Church turned out to be their guitarist Mike’s first gig with the band although without the lead singer, Joel, mentioning this the audience would have been none the wiser. They perform a furiously tight set and if there were any nerves for Mike, he didn’t let them affect his assured performance. With a number of great tracks on offer, JEKYLL have cemented themselves as one to watch in the future.
Second on to the stage were Sly Antics, a band who perfectly capture the notion of huge talent in your local music scene. The three-piece have all the necessary characteristics to be an extremely successful band. Lead singer Sam commands the cramped stage expertly, and it often feels like the band are simply waiting to be given a bigger stage to play with to make the most of Sam’s on stage antics if you will. With performances like Sly Antics have been putting on, we doubt it will be long before those kind of gigs start to become the norm for the three-piece. It’s worth noting Chris, the band’s bass player, who adds a vital funk element to the trio’s sound. Light’s Go Down is just one of a number of ready-made hits Sly Antics have at their disposal and it reverberates around the hallowed grounds of Sacred Trinity Church. if you’re not already keenly monitoring Sly Antics like we are, you should certainly start.
Ist ist rounded off the night with the final set. It was clear that a large section of the crowd had turned up solely for the purpose of seeing this headlining act and the front portion of the crowd immediately embraced every minute of their performance. The demands for the band to play the song Rats from the crowd were incessant, continuing even after the song was actually played! The song Things Will Never Be The Same Again taps into a powerful melancholy, with the bass and low vocals merging into a brilliant drone, with the song gradually building to a massive breakdown. The vocals are reminiscent of a combination of Ian Curtis of Joy Division and Harry McVeigh of White Lies, and who wouldn’t want to listen to a band with that kind of merger on offer.
It is clear that here we have three bands with enormous potential, showing just how strong the talent in the North West music industry currently is. It makes you wonder how you can justify to yourself spending forty to fifty pounds for a gig in which you are lost in a massive crowd when you can get up close and personal with some brilliant bands from your area for a fraction of the price.