Gig Review // Breaking Bands Night

Friday night we went to the Lincoln Imp. The bands playing have all been tipped for big things in the music industry and wow, are we glad we turned up!

We had never heard of any of the bands on the line up before, just a quick YouTube search. But it’s always nice when you make the effort to support live music and go home knowing it paid off.

First up was Dukes de Luda, we only caught their last few songs but from what we saw they had a tight set up, with some powerful rocky vocals. They will be playing the BBC Introducing stage at new Lincoln based festival 2Q. The band have some impressive guitar skills. The use of acoustic instruments is also a prominent part of their sound, with electro acoustic and the very energetic use of a cajon. This band almost give off a little of a country feel with some of their sounds.

https://www.facebook.com/DukesdeLuda/

Then we saw South Of March, this was their Lincoln Imp debut in this band however two of band members have performed at the Imp previously with their former band Neon Dolls. The Neon Dolls were an energetic and polished Indie Alt Rock and the South Of March are showing the qualities of strong contenders in the current music scene. The lead singer of the band had a tone that to us, had a resemblance to Brian Molko of Placebo.

Third up;”Everyone You Know” or EYK for short, these boys are our new favourite. This satellite London duo smashed it for us. EYK is made up of brothers, Rhys Kirkby-Cox and Harvey Kirkby. Incorporating EDM, hip hop, street influences and their experiences growing up . They have brilliant Vocals and had a good drummer behind them. Their performance was mesmerising and delivered track after track of catchy lyrics from their first EP, Cheer Up Charlie.

The way EYK have been described is, what happens when you hybridise The Prodigy, Shy FX, The Arctic Monkeys and The Streets and this is probably pretty accurate. The London twang and range to the vocals linked with hard hitting beats just make this something special, it all works together so well. There’s a bit of something for everyone with rap, softer vocals and plenty of opportunities to dance. The best way to describe their music and vocals is… addictive!

The lighting and sound was spot on for this upbeat performance. Their set was so impressive that they got an encore from the crowd, with their full set list performed they had no more in the back catalogue so the crowd requested the final song again, “Our Generation” which seemed to be one of the firm favourites, but we can see why.

https://www.facebook.com/eykmusic/

Echoic was the last band of the night, who came over from Reading. Echoic are a Indie Alt-Pop and Rock band. They are currently supporting KOVIC in his sell out UK tour. They have all the sounds and elements for the making of a successful alternative band as well as the look.

Emerging in 2015, the band blended their love for Indie and Alt-Rock music with Soulful Pop to create a truly unique and powerful sound, infused with electronic elements.

With their hard work ethic, the band are gaining fans across the world, with their exciting live show leading them to secure highly rated support slots with bands such as Rat Boy, Arcane Roots, Sundara Karma, The Coronas and Pulled Apart by Horses…

In October 2015, Echoic released their debut EP ‘Testify’ produced by Jason Wilson (Don Broco, You me at Six), which generated huge national support via national press and national airplay from BBC Radio 1, BBC 6 Music, Radio X and Kerrang Radio.

2016 saw the band relentlessly tour the UK with sold out shows, A headline tour across Europe & hit the USA with festival appearances.

Late 2017, the band released their sophomore EP “Shadows of You” produced by Arthur Walwin (The Vamps, Charlie Simpson) which charted at No.14 in the iTunes album chart and has been critically acclaimed from a number of critics in the industry, such as BBC Radio 1 and Kerrang!

With their unique sound, and soaring vocals – Echoic are the band everyone is talking about.

https://www.facebook.com/EchoicOfficial/

As always a fantastic night of new upcoming music at Scunthorpe’s best independent live music venue the Lincoln Imp. Brilliant sound and lighting throughout the whole night. If you have never been to the imp or you haven’t been for years, please give it a go and you may be pleasantly surprised at how much it has progressed over the years. The gig room is such a great set up for any artist to showcase their talents.

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Review by Leanne G & Photos courtesy of Steven Potter
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