Live: IN ARMS – NAI HARVEST – HINDSIGHTS – FIVE LEAF NETTLES @ The Redhouse

Tuesday 14th February 2012 @ The Redhouse – Sheffield

While a night of Punk and Emo may not seem like many people’s idea of a good Valentines Day, a good crowd has assembled at The Redhouse in Sheffield for tonight’s festivities, for a bill brimming with Sheffield talent.

Five Leaf Nettles, or Jack Collister, as he’s known to his friends, is opening tonight’s show with his haunting acoustic tones. One fourth of Sheffield outfit, Best Friends, Jack’s minimal approach is one that works excellently. While all too often, the sign of an acoustic opening act can mean the same old chords recycled and reworked, Jack’s original style and intricate techniques means he more than stands out from the crowd.

Hindsights, from Maidenhead, have played only a handful of shows in their short existence, not that you’d know it on tonight’s evidence. Their brand of emotionally charged melancholic punk rock is already brilliantly crafted. Set opener and first track on their recent EP, Glazed, sums the band up perfectly, as their minimalist guitar lines give their dual vocals the prominence they deserve. While the set eventually becomes a little samey, it seems they’ve left one hell of an impression on tonight’s gathering.

First things first, Nai Harvest are a fantastic band. Frontman Ben Thompson’s musicianship is unparalleled  here this evening, and their unique brand of twiddly emo punk makes them a fascinating prospect. However, tonight they’re playing as a two-piece, due to the recent departure of bassist Jake. While the tunes are tight, and their enthusiasm for their art shines through, they’re missing their low end massively this evening. Although set highlight ‘Tim Helped Me Get over It’, taken from their recent split with Papayer, shows just what these lads are capable of.

After unfortunately missing Aberdeen Punks Cavalcades, it was the turn of local lads In Arms to end the night in style.

Despite their youthful appearance, the teenagers deliver a crushing dose of fast paced exuberant hardcore. Similar to the likes of Have Heart, Verse and More Than Life, their new song being dropped tonight, ‘Unsaid’, would struggle to be topped by many hardcore bands plying their trade in the UK right now. Vocalist Ross O’Donnell’s heartfelt vocals echo over some fantastic intertwining guitars, as the first crowd participation sees a pit open up on the tiny floor area.

Finally, set closer ‘Amber’ ends the night in spectacular style. These boys are definitely ones to watch out for.

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