BAD EDIT 14-09-2013
In the cosy venue that is Bad Edit, the fairy lights that line the walls, and the rows of people crowding the room, set the scene for a night of music that promises to please.
First on the bill is Southwall Corner Club, who having only broken in to Stoke on Trent’s music scene a few months ago, have wasted no time in gathering a large following and crafting their sound. They started with a mellow and soft introduction that seamlessly transformed into a punchy powerhouse of sound. Nat Webb’s vocals are clean and polished, whilst her harmonies with Jack Wood have an edge to them that really sets their sound apart.
The catchy melodies and variation between the songs really showcases what Southwall Corner Club can do as a band, and every instrument clearly plays a vital role in the creation and production of each song.
The minor chords coming from keyboardist Dave Lymer, add another depth to the sound coming from the stage at Bad Edit, creating a dark melody that compliments the vocals perfectly.
Throughout the set, there is a good balance between upbeat and slower songs, as well as there being catchy choruses and a sharp, crisp sound to every song that they play. James Daley on guitar really shines through underneath the backing vocals, which seem to go hand in hand together.
Next up were Sons of Clogger and from the moment that they started playing, they took the whole room by storm. From start to finish they oozed energy and life as band, but what was in between was even more impressive.
The prominent drum beat persists throughout each song and their fusion between rock, folk and blues was so unique and unusual. The connection between the band members was electric, as they went headfirst into a set jam packed with tricks and twists.
The vocals were both fast paced and tuneful, which must have been difficult to achieve but the performance was something to be admired, as none of the band seemed to dip from the party that came to life on stage.
The thrashing of the drums only complimented the other sounds created by the band, as they worked as a solid unit in their set of crazy, chaotic mystery.
The band that had filled the whole venue from wall to wall now took to the stage; Pickering White began with a strong drum beat which kicked into Jen and Matt’s soulful harmonies, of which we would hear a whole lot more of throughout the set.
The crescendos throughout the songs seem to get bigger and bigger, as the bands influences flow through their music, the guitar has a heavy bluesy sound whilst the bass is gritty which underlay the soulful vocals. The band have a good connection with both each other and the audience on stage, which livens up the whole atmosphere of the venue.
The title track from the EP, ‘Bullet to the Sun’ is padded with catchy lyrics and intricate guitar riffs, a song which the band have clearly worked hard on, and it has most definitely paid off, as the whole venue sings the lyrics back and dances right along with them.
With each song, even the slower ones, comes a wave of emotion from all of the band members, which really shows their passion for the music. Each track offers something different and new to the crowd who have so eagerly anticipated their set, from their bluesy rock influences to the country ones too.
The use of the harmonica in some of the songs, in particular, ‘Bye bye baby’ really added a new level to the song, giving them an edge of which went down a storm with the audience. Even when they had finished for the night, Bad Edit was still packed as they begged the band for more.
Their encore was ‘Laying it on the line’ which proved to be just as impressive as their other songs, hosting a fast paced tune and frantic drumming.
Three very different bands, all very talented managed to capture the crowd at Bad Edit tonight, and judging by the reception that all three bands received, we will be seeing a lot more from each of them in the very near future.
Check out https://www.facebook.com/PickeringWhite for details on how to get hold of the EP.