Review & Images by Steven Potter
The Lincoln Imp and Aggressive Management presents Billy Bibby & The Wry Smiles, The Marras and Sabella.
Former Catfish and the Bottlemen member Billy Bibby, brought his new band Billy Bibby & The Wry Smiles to the Lincoln Imp in Scunthorpe, for a fantastic triple header of live music.
Everyone in attendance was treated to three excellent bands, all offering their own style of indie / alternative rock music.
First up was Sheffield’s Sabella who were the real surprise of the night to me.
Having not had time to do any proper research on the acts, due to having very little spare time outside of my day job, I was very impressed by the bands performance.
They perform, what I can only describe as “Loud Guitar, Heavy Indie Rock”, which was the one band performing closest to my personal favourite style of music on the night. Loud and proud, Sabella left me wanting more and were worthy of the ticket price on their own.
A special mention must be given to Sabella’s drummer who was performing on his birthday.
Up next were local fan favourites The Marras, who were the most popular band of the night, with their take on Indie / Brit Pop music.
Many of the fans sang along, word by word, showing that this band and has a good local following.
The band performed well together and gave a show that had most of the room wanting more. Whilst I appreciated the bands performance, I would be lying if I said I really enjoyed them, as they were not my taste in music and that is not something I should be doing as a reviewer.
I will admit that I did find myself getting more into the band as the set went on, so will be interested in checking this band out again, as I believe it is a group a younger me would have really enjoyed.
So even though they were not to my liking, I can’t fault their performance and would recommend that you should at least check them out, as I can see this band have the potential to go on to bigger and better things.
Billy Bibby & The Wry Smiles were the headline act of the evening and another one I enjoyed.
Arriving early, even though I had no questions prepared, I was able to get a quick interview with the band and was told how they formed after Billy had posted an advert looking for band members. I also discovered that the band name comes from the lyrics in Frank Turner’s song “Vital Signs”, which goes “Heaven’s in the half light, and that’s where I reside, A whiskey and a wry smile – I check my vital signs”.
The interview didn’t last much longer as the guys started to show their funny side, cracking jokes and getting themselves ready for the show, but I could see how close the guys had become and enjoyed spending a few minutes in their company.
There were no egos, just a bunch of guys who just wanted to have fun and entertain, which they certainly did. The guys clearly enjoyed performing on stage and it all seemed to come naturally, with a solid performance that would have won them new fans, including me, from those lucky enough to attend.
I found several of their songs catchy and still had them in my head the following morning.
There were parts of a few songs that sounded like something I could imagine being played by Billy’s former band, Catfish and the Bottlemen, which goes to prove how important a part of that bands history Billy played in.
The band will headline the Crystal Stage at the Tramlines Festival in Sheffield on Friday 21st July 2017.
Billy Bibby & The Wry Smiles official website is http://www.billybibby.com and check out the review of Billy’s previous visit to The Lincoln Imp in 2015 as a solo artist here.
I look forward to seeing what the future holds for all three bands.