The north-west of England has, for as long as anybody can remember, being a hive of musical activity. Some of the greatest artists of all time have come from the area and this trend shows no sign of stopping. It is difficult though, despite this long line of success, to really stand out from the crowd with the musical scene so saturated over there but one band, from Winsford, Cheshire, are currently on a massive UK tour, bringing their stand-out sound to a venue near you. The Luka State recently played a rousing set at The Fulford Arms in York and we had the genuine pleasure of being in attendance.
Main support on the evening, was the strange choice of Breakout Project. A nu-punk band from York, they certainly didn’t match the sound of The Luka State but had brought a good number of people down to the show and after the initial questions surrounding their billing, really shone actually on the stage. Reminding me of early Linkin Park mixed with a bit of Millencolin and Zebrahead, the band seemingly went from strength to strength with each track. An enjoyable, but odd set that left me in the mood for Slam Dunk Festival rather than an indie rock set!
That being said, all was forgotten the second The Luka State kicked off their driving indie riffs. Throughout the fast paced, and extremely well honed 40 minute set, the four-piece managed to harness the energy of Catfish and the Bottlemen, the class of Stereophonics and the song writing of The Gaslight Anthem. If that line alone doesn’t convince you of these guys’ talent, I’m not sure what will!
With the release of their debut EP imminent, the band took us through five years of epic tracks, with a focus on the last 12 months. Bury Me, Kick in the Teeth, What’s My Problem and brand new song Girl took the complete limelight and every minute of every track was memorable. Taking away a free CD from the show, I have not taken these four songs off repeat since Thursday night. I am writing this now getting excited again thinking back to the show; if you were one of the 30 or so bodies in the room, I guarantee you’ll never forget the night.
Many people don’t know how long these guys have been a band for. Their sound, their feel isn’t of a new act, it’s of a band that is just waiting to be properly discovered. Having built a strong underground fan base, the quality of their set indicates they are one big break away from blowing up beyond belief. Lead vocalist Conrad Ellis, has an energy and a talent that comes few and far between in the music industry; channelling the mod scene the band are so fond of, with 90s britpop and 00’s indie – The Luka State are the culmination, the best of, the last 40 years of rock ‘n’ roll music and are well worth a trip to see.
If you live in Coventry, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Southampton amongst locations, you still have time to bag your tickets to this UK run. All dates are below and can be bought at http://www.thelukastate.com. I promise, you will not regret it!
Cover Photo Credit: Rob Blackham