“Powerful, political and pertinent” THE INDEPENDENT
WILL VARLEY continues his silver-tongued serenading with the opening cut from his much-lauded third album Postcards From Ursa Minor.
‘As For My Soul’ sets out Will’s insight into modern malaise, and his solutions to getting by – “drink a beer, sing a song”. A slight shanty edge sifts this jauntier song across the centre of his musical spectrum, like a hungover morning with the promise of a brighter afternoon.
On Saturday night we had the pleasure of attending the Wortley Hotel on Rowland Road for a popular duo, who have performed prime time on Nick Grimshaw’s Radio One show live and across the festival & gig circuit. Prior to watching the Duo I had seen good feedback and comments from returning fans. I hadn’t heard of Showhawk before but they are selling out venues across the UK and beyond on their tour.
Firstly a support act from Hull graced the stage called Urban Rain they ran through a setlist of their own songs and threw in a few covers along the way, one being REM. They were a slightly different genre to the main act but nevertheless they were good musicians and the crowd enjoyed singing along.
Soon after Urban Rain left the stage the main act Showhawk Duo got ready to play. The two talented guitarists are named Mikhail Asanovic and Jake Wright and they use their electro acoustic guitars to produce a genre they call ADM which is similar to EDM (electronic dance music) but the sound and well-known songs are composed of just two acoustic guitars with a lot of tuning and slapping the strings and guitar itself to produce a whole new composition and feel.
Showhawk were no doubt, very talented at playing these dance/trance recreations with what they had. The Duo covered artists songs such as Alice Deejay, Faithless, Clean Bandit and of course their Daft Punk medley that I’d hear so much about. The Showhawk Duo finished the night with Bohemian Rhapsody, which definitely managed to get some audience members singing.
The duo don’t do vocals they leave that to the audience. Which was maybe somewhat lost on the Scunthorpe audience that night in comparison to some of the other gig videos i’d seen. Every song was familiar and easily recognisable. The crowd seemed to enjoy the show with a standing ovation and an encore. Overall it was great night of live music.
It just goes to show though that attending gigs of artists you might never otherwise have heard of can sometimes pay off and turn into a great night of live music.
Showhawk Duo Members Jake Wright & Mikhail Asanovic will be performing live at The Wortley House Hotel this Saturday night. Tickets are priced at £15 each, but be quick because the more word gets about that these guys are in town the more the popularity is growing. Doors open at 7pm.
Local media give you 9 things to do in Scunthorpe this weekend, most of them aren’t in Scunthorpe! So here are 11 things we picked out of our calendar in Scunthorpe and A few out of Scunthorpe after that. For more events and gigs see the What’s On page for the live calendar.
Child and family friendly (FAMILY EVENT)
Adult/Gig (MUSIC EVENT)
Battle of the bands final, hosted at The Baths Hall, Scunthorpe. Although I was disappointed it wasn’t in the main room, it was still a night of great talent of some of the well known (and not so well known) Scunthorpe music scene.
There were 5 acts altogether. Every single one putting their own musical stamp on their songs, whether it being an original or a cover.
First act to take the stage was Capo On 2. I’ve seen these play many times before, but I’m always left surprised after every performance. These guys are growing into a pair of fine young musicians. I’ve never met someone with such a vocal range as Ashleigh’s. Beautiful female melodies fluttering up top, accompanied by Connors fantastic harmonies which are rapidly blending more and becoming more complex, mean these guys are unstoppable. Not only great musicians, but incredibly humble too, they are an act you just cannot dislike. Although they played covers and originals, my favourite had to be their own song ‘Hide Away’ as it’s about the sad tale of the great actor that was Robin Williams.
Next to perform was Lizzie Goddard. Now I have always been a fan of Lizzie ever since I saw her perform a couple of years ago at the Encore festival. She has a great attitude to her music and isn’t afraid to give anything a go. Playing all originals, I was hooked from the moment go. I thoroughly enjoyed her original ‘no surrendering’ as she performed it with pure soul & slight aggression. I felt like I could really catch the emotion that she was portraying to the crowd. What I particularly loved about this song was that not only did she use her guitar to its full potential by adding percussion (bass drum to be specific), but she also did a small rap towards the end. Being a solo acoustic, that is a brave task to attempt, but she dived into the deep end and achieved it with great ease. My favourite song had to be the ending song ‘alone’ with a great comical story to tell before she performed it! It was so melancholy yet so beautiful. Very profound lyrics for someone her age and one that gave me shivers. The texture to her voice in this song was so haunting, with breath taking falsetto to start with, and then gradually ending with full power and nailing it. You really could not stop yourself listening. A consistent performance that pulled at the heart strings for me.
Third act to get set up was The Royal Ocean. I’d heard a lot about these guys, but I was shocked to see there were only 2 people performing (guitarist and a drummer). Although I expected a chilled set with it being just a two piece, I was pleasantly surprised with the sound they generated. If I closed my eyes I would have thought there were at least 3-4 people on stage. Minor errors on the guitar failed to impact on their fun lively set. Well done guys.
The Native Braves then took to the stage. Seeing these guys perform an acoustic set only a few weeks before, I was seriously looking forward to what these were like as a full band, and I was NOT disappointed. These guys were slick, tight, and vibrant. The singer’s voice had a great distant tone, which was a combination of Robert Smith with a tint of early Morrissey… and he even had the Morrissey dance moves to match! Every musician seemed to really give it their all and that shone out to the crowd. They had an added synth which was subtle but very effective giving their set a unique produced sound. They had great interaction with the crowd by encouraging the audience to sing along. Seeing musicians swap instruments also added extra points in my eyes and it showed off their versatile talents. My favourite song had to be the last song. It had a funky 80’s feel, mixed with modern indie, which surprisingly turned out to be a fantastic combination. I really can’t wait to see these guys again!
Last but not least, was the new band ‘Sorded Lies’. Now I didn’t know what to make of these. All I could see was pirate hats, leather snake skin trousers, feather earrings, and inflatable guitars. I felt like I was in the Rocky Horror Show! But this band was weirdly wonderful. I would class their genre as ‘punk’ with comedy elements as the lead singer was so enthusiastic and managed to get the crowd giggling on more than one occasion. Playing an all original set. My favourite line was of course ‘whiskey by the double’.
So then we awaited the results. I would have struggled to judge this, as every act really gave it their all. Now a lot of you have probably skipped the majority of this article and scrolled all the way down just to find out the winner (yes I know what you’re all like, because I do the exact same!)
To my astonishment there were TWO winners. As soon as they announced that I automatically knew who it was going to be, and I think everyone else in the room did too. LIZZIE GODDARD & THE NATIVE BRAVES. Two great acts, two acts very different yet both very talented. They were hugs and cheers exchanged between the band and Lizzie and it was clear to see that winning meant an extreme amount to these acts.
Well done guys, well deserved winners.
The question is… Are we going to see a collaboration between the winners now?
So I managed to come joint first in the Scunthorpe Battle Of The Bands atThe Baths Hall last night with Native Braves and it couldn’t have even a better result! A massive well done to the other acts last night, everyone smashed it and it was a night of amazing local talent! Thank you to Paul for letting me know about the competition and for providing brilliant sound and thank you to everyone that came along to support me and all the other acts. Had a wicked night and I’m feeling chuffed!