Saturday, 19 May 2012

Jack's Attic EP Launch at Empire

A couple of months ago, Jack's Attic were guests on the show to talk about their upcoming EP Launch in Wakefield. Shortly after the venue closed down, leaving the launch up in the air. This would have been a bit disheartening to some bands, but not to Jack's Attic who decided to book not one but two nights at Empire, Leeds for their launch.

Support acts The Sunbeams and Dirty Charmer are not short of fans either and the venue is already buzzing when I get there, good sets by the 2 support acts who have warmed us all up ready for the headliners.

The venue is full when Jack's Attic take to the stage and they start off with the fast paced "Faces" a track from the new EP "Solitary Bliss". With a venue packed with unconditional Jack's Attic fans it would be tempting to turn out just the older songs but Jack's Attic are passionate about their music and interperse the set with 3 brand new songs, a couple even getting their first airing. I am loving the gig tonight, such a great combination of new songs  and some old favourites such as the first single Playing Cards and Special Brew, which everyone can sing along to. I'm delighted to hear my favourite track on the EP, Realisation, played live. Also Stardom in Soho, which is an old live favourite and also included on the new EP.

There is a nice surprise as a violinist comes on stage, to the delight of the crowd, to perform Never Be Alone, a track from the EP with string arrangements. Another surprise for me is seeing an acoustic guitar in some of the songs, I've not seen this before at their gigs. At some point all the band members are providing backing vocals, including the drummer which adds some great harmony to the rock tunes.

This band have a great stage presence, they are all incredible individual talents but they are one of the tightest units you could see, lead by a great frontman. The songs are varied - there's a few different styles here, psychedelic rock, plain old rock, grunge yet it all fuses into their own sound. 

In all 16 songs well played and highly entertaining.

Go see this band!

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