This Saturday 3rd February saw three US based rock n’ roll artists descend on the Brudenell Social Club in Leeds. We were lucky enough to be attending one of these shows, catching The Americans on their final UK show on their run in the Games Room at our favourite venue in England. All the way from Los Angeles, the four-piece sounded as American as can be. With barn-storming riffs and country chorus hooks, The Americans blend everything that’s good about the North and South of America in their energy filled set.
The show was opened by Withered Hand, an acoustic performer with a raging cold. The music and lyrics were nice to listen to, even with the sounds of the neighbouring kitchen overpowering the room. Dan’s personal songs were complemented by his extremely dry, but welcome humour that had the whole room laughing. The crowd seemed to hang on to each lyric and word sang by the opening act and it’d be great to see him at full health with a full band in the future.
Next up were the headline act – acknowledging the quality on show in the other rooms they told the crowd they were ready to compete with the sound of the other shows “without blowing our ears”. Opening with Nevada, they flew straight into their tracks from recent release I’ll Be Yours. Lead singer Patrick Ferris sounded, quite frankly, brilliant; the tone on the opening few tracks were on point and I was captivated by the vocal performance throughout the set.
Known for their energetic rock n’ roll stompers like Stowaway, some of the set highlights actually came when the band slowed it right down and played some of their more considered, story-telling tracks. I’ll Be Yours and Harbor Lane stood out next to the other tracks performed; the intricacy of the music and softness of the vocals made for very pleasant listening and at times I didn’t want the night to end.
It’s been a while since I’ve seen a band so sure of their sound and composed up on a stage. Even being only one album into what we hope is a fruitful career, The Americans have crafted both a recorded, and live experience that would be expected of more experienced artists. By the time The Americans came to rounding off their set with Stowaway and lead single The Right Stuff they’d met all expectations and become the favourite new band of many in the packed Brudenell Games Room.
In a city that has become the home of alt-rock and indie in the UK, for one night only rock n’ roll was king. The Americans delivered a composed, fun set of tracks on the night and we will keep a close eye on their progress in 2018, hoping to see them back this side of the world very soon.