The Brudenell Social Club found itself full to the seams on Wednesday night for an absolute stormer of a gig. A lively and appreciative crowd lapped up everything that was thrown at them, and it made for a really great evening.
Opening act King No One from York could be the next big thing in Yorkshire. Traversing between understated indie rock melodies into riff-heavy Arctic Monkeys snarl, local support bands don’t often come this good. “I feel like a caged animal,” says frontman Zach Lount – sooner or later boys, the doors are going to swing open for you if you keep up this level of songwriting.
Crazy Australian trio Dune Rats were next into action. Imagine The Vaccines and Nirvana put through a washing machine on full spin and you have it – a bonkers, muddy mess, but an entertaining one, true.
From the moment The Subways sidled out to enthusiastic applause and belted out the opening bars to We Don’t Need Money To Have A Good Time, it was obvious that indeed a good time would be had by all - the crowd sung along to the chorus with passion.
Blitzing through the best of their back catalogue, the biggest reaction seems reserved for the most part for songs from their 2005 debut – it is brilliant that they are still playing early songs like Mary, I Want To Hear What You Have Got To Say and With You – they all make for a great sing-along and a real treat for long-standing fans.
However, they do perform several new songs from recently-released album The Subways. The album is a real grower and I’m sure there will be a few new fan favourites for next time the band visit Leeds – and they promise they will.
There is even time for a mid-set relaxation session, and a spot of crowd-surfing too. They close on storming number It’s A Party, and a party it really was.
Gig date: March 25