Gig Review and Photography by Mark Loraine

Dexters

You have to love a famous venue like The Leadmill in Sheffield. It has a lot of history and it is fabulous that this history seems to have seeped into the very fabric of the building. Most bands that hit the circuit at some point will play The Leadmill and whenever I have been there the bands are usually fabulous – tonight is no different.

Bang Bang Romeo

Kicking off with the quite simply wonderful Bang Bang Romeo, the night was destined to be a classic. Bang Bang Romeo hail from Doncaster and, I am privileged to say, are good friends of mine. We need to get that out of the way as I am now going to sing their praises from the rooftops. Every song this band write is soaring to the sky, with fabulous ringing guitar, all backed by stunning rhythms and beats. Highlight of their set for me was, as always, ‘Adore Me’ a simply heartfelt cry for love that resonates through you like a constant mantra. Starz (or Anastarsia if you prefer – lead singer) has a voice of an angel, an angel thankfully with mischief in mind and tonight they once again live up to the description I gave in my very first review of the band… these guys are truly like a hard edged Fleetwood Mac.

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Next up is IC1s – a band hotly tipped by Alan McGee as one to see. You can see why as well… these guys come on stage with a definite swagger that certainly reminded me of some of Alan’s past proteges. The difference here however is that these guys are bang up to date and “having it” for now! If there is such a genre as British Indie-Mod then these boys are certainly sitting firmly in that genre. Fabulous songs, great guitar work and a level of attitude that really should take them far.

Dexters

Finally the highlight of the night. Touring on the back of their simply brilliant debut album ‘Shimmer Gold’, Dexters arrive on the Leadmill stage with a confidence and verve that really illustrates what time on the road can do for a bands confidence. Although much of what they do is pure indie rock, the addition of harmonica in some of their songs, the title track of the album being one, adds a unique twist to the proceedings and really makes Dexters stand out from the crowd. This is the second time I have seen this band on this stage and this time around they seem very different and enjoying what they are doing.

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As the set progresses it becomes very obvious to both band and crowd that this Saturday night in Sheffield is a pretty special one and a definite party atmosphere prevails throughout. Joined on stage by Starz from Bang Bang Romeo for one track it definitely becomes a “whats not to like” event and one that I personally shall remember for a long time to come.

There is no doubt that all three bands on the bill tonight are destined for much bigger things and it is that fact that adds to the night, a night full of fabulous music and much, much more.

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