Gig review: Joywave at O2 Academy Leeds

Joywave. Picture: David O'Donohue
Joywave. Picture: David O'Donohue
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Brandon Flowers knows a thing or two about what makes a successful band.

As lead singer of The Killers, he has enjoyed unbridled glory, selling millions of records with countless hits to become recognised worldwide.

So, when he invited Joywave along to support him on his current solo tour, you presume his fellow Americans, might be a decent act, too.

You wouldn’t be wrong. The indie-rock band from Rochester, New York are gaining increasing profile and credibility following the release last year of their EP How Do You Feel?

A 30 minute set prior to Flowers’ appearance at the O2 Academy in Leeds gave a suitable snapshot of what they are about - their eccentric-looking lead singer Daniel Armbruster delivering great vocals amid some really catchy electro-pop tunes as well as more rock-led numbers.

Tongues featuring KOPPS is one of songs that has seen them pick up plenty of followers in the US and, clearly boasting plenty of charisma and finesse on stage, there is plenty more to come.

They end their set with Somebody New, which has already earned rave reviews for its brilliant video, and has anthemic written all over it.

Joywave will be back in the city for Leeds Festival this summer. Which ever stage they are on, get along and take a look.

Gig date: May 26