Thursday night saw one of the UK’s finest new talents The Shimmer Band come to Leeds in support of Cabbage’s sold out run across the nation. Despite Cabbage gaining critical acclaim for recent work all eyes were on the exciting new band from Bristol who have been making waves across festivals and gig promoters across the country in the last year.
The band had been nicely warmed up by britpop-style rock band April who brought their energetic, heavy sound to the Social Club. The lads from Nuneaton play tunes reminiscent from the 90s but with a heavier, more up to date sound that deserve to be heard in much bigger venues. With huge single Open Mind being the set highlight, their entertaining slot went down well with the Leeds crowd and you can expect much more from these guys in 2017.
What followed was without doubt, the best support slot I have seen in some time. The Shimmer Band entered the stage with such presence, such confidence and with Tom’s golden tee leading the way – you know something special was about to happen. Coming out to huge track Freedom their sound filled the room in ways Kasabian once did when they were in venues this size. Other heavy hitters Jackknife and the Death Call and set finale Shoot Me (Baby) established The Shimmer Band as one of the hottest live bands on the circuit and by the time they return to Brudenell on (date) they are sure to have escalated to dizzier heights than they’re already at.
The set highlight for me though was their slower, more polished track Sunkick. There’s something special about the band when this song kicks in. Sounding like a number of classic acts from the early 2000s Tom Newman’s vocals are simply stunning over Sunkick; so controlled, so powerful, the song takes me to a happy place. With my eyes closed throughout most of it I, and most of the crowd, are in awe of the talent on show with this young band. This is the song that when people pick up on the band will be the set closer – the crowd pleaser, and will be a song that will go down in history once The Shimmer Band are playing in venues they are worthy of.
The whole set was superb with huge riffs, incredible vocals and a tightness only rarely seen in bands still on their way up. Look forward to seeing this band takeover a number of festivals this summer as well as their own headline tour in April (dates below). I for one can’t wait to see them again and no doubt with practice will become one of the UK’s most loved acts.