Bollocks to Poverty 2: The New Beehive Inn

The problems with all-dayer’s that have multiple stages are, that there is always the chance you will miss great bands. At Bollocks to Poverty 2, despite all the bands in the cellar running later than scheduled (meaning I missed the end of the day due to times of public transport), I still caught some really great performances.

8 bit rockers SUPERPOWERLESS were the perfect way to start the day with their catchy gameboy driven songs and matching red sweaters. They come across musically like Crystal Castles, but without the trendy looks. Next up, I caught a small part of UNFINISHED DRAWINGS’ set. Normally I’m excited at the prospect of acoustic-tronica but I was pretty disappointed by this local duo. They managed to achieve the dullness of James Blunt thrown over the top of an electronic backing that sounded far too thin and unable to carry it off. Luckily for me, HEY! PANDA had finished setting up downstairs and I took sanctuary watching them. Unfortunately, there were barely any people watching these guys, and those who were, well I’m not sure whether they ‘got it’. Perhaps Disco Punk doesn’t compute with some of the twee obsessed youth today, which is a mighty shame. The thing with Hey! Panda is that what you see is what you get; rough, sweaty, in your face music.

Next, I ventured back upstairs at the New Beehive Inn and caught FREYED KNOT, who I think are one of the hidden gems around this area and seem to get nowhere near the credit I think they deserve. Their mix of funk and hip-hop is hard not to love and I am eagerly awaiting their second album.

Back downstairs again for THE LUMINARIES, who until recently were known as The Frenetics. This group of young lads from Keighley ooze talent but it just seems a bit wasted as their sound is very similar to everything else that’s getting lavished with attention by NME at the minute. The HOOVER DAMS followed, complete with their on stage hoover. I saw these guys about a year ago and I thought they were interesting; their blues-y rock was different to everything else going around. I was disappointed, however, to find their set here was virtually the same as before, stage movements and all.

I only saw the first 30 seconds of MAJOR but it is probably worth a mention. I honestly thought that this was a spoof act initially, with his constant, “Yo-Yo-Yo”, over the repetitive hip-hop beat that his laptop was straining to blast out. Sadly, I was mistaken; this guy was fo’ real.

Another band that have recently had a name change; the artists formerly known as the Zoo now ply their trade as THE MEXANNIES. Very much like The Luminaries though, they’re talented musicians who’ve just aimed for some easy on the ears indie-rock that has proven to be progressively more dull with the depleting popularity of bands such as The Pigeon Detectives, Razorlight and the Kaiser Chiefs.

Luckily for me, the next band is, I think, one of the freshest sounding bands in the area at the minute. JUST HANDSHAKES (WE’RE BRITISH) continue to put in sterling performances and are steadily building a following. They achieve a sound that’s upbeat and indie, yet manages not to be twee or irritatingly repetitive.

Following this was MINUS JACK; a band who despite their young age, have managed to become veterans of the Bradford scene. If there’s any fault, it’s that they’ve become too consistent and they seem almost predictable now. One can’t deny that though that they have a collection of great songs and talent between them; the next level now waits.

Another of Bradford’s hotly tipped young bands, THE MARMOZETS, were up next. Personally though, I’ve never been a fan and this performance didn’t sway me. To me, there is a whole aura of cliché and adolescent irritability, which then goes even further with whiney vocals and lyrics about the pains of growing up.

FOXES FAUX played upstairs, and played the kind of catchy, upbeat folk music that every sunny afternoon needs to get everyone dancing! I can’t say any of the songs stood out, but they were a pleasant, enjoyable set that everyone seemed to like.

THE MOMERATHS seemed to be going for the same vibe, but it just wasn’t there. They’re all dolled up in their kooky outfits in what comes across as a really forced attempt to be different, yet at the same time managing to have a very bland, run-of-the-mill sound. Unfortunately I only had time for one more band; electronic duo ALT TRACK. Playing off the back of the release of their debut album, ‘Silence is Approval’, they kept the crowd waiting with an unnecessarily long sound-check despite the day’s schedule already running late. However, when they did play they certainly got the Beehive basement pumping with thick baselines and melodic piano. Not the finished article by any means, but they certainly know how to get their crowd dancing.