Past a sea of quirkily dressed Otley Runners, Leeds’ student-orientated yet fabled Lending Room welcomed Sweden-based, post-punk quartet, FEWS, following the release of their third album, ‘Glass City’. It’s been out since mid-April, via Welfare Sounds & Records, led by chief single and opener, ‘Yoga Instructor’.
The evening itself saw Static Caravan bring the first flushes of noise to the venue. It was then Dim Imagery’s turn to further ignite the room, and the dark, progressive five-piece didn’t waste any time in doing so. They’re a band without ego; meticulously crafted lyrics, ultra-tight drumming, steadfast bass rumbles and two expertly positioned, complementing guitars merge for sheer versatility. And there was theatre to their performance, too.
While they ended with the stabbing ‘Fishing In An Empty Stream’, which encompassed frantic, pacy build-ups and jaunty tempo changes, every note had distinction and clarity. They also gave a taster of the upcoming new single, ‘You’re Doing So Well’.
Those who’d arrived with the anticipation of a furious, frenzied gig had come to the right place. The tension-raising riffs and brash drum thrashes behind FEWS’ style led to a set that was noise-filled and riotous throughout. And yet, you could still detect the indie influences behind their punkier sound. It’s no wonder these guys have supported Pixies and Bloc Party!
Then here on the outskirts of the city centre, their latest offerings were carried under piercing blue and red lights. And what a fiery display.
With thanks to Hanglands for the press invite.