Sour Cherry, I Set the Sea on Fire, Bang Bang Romeo, Habberdash and Semaphore: Leadmill, Sheffield

There’s plenty of up and coming talent around Sheffield, we headed to the Leadmill for another SBSquared night and for a taste of what’s going on.

Forming in October last year, our starter tonight is Semaphore. The five piece seemingly influenced by the more alternative sounds of bands like Arcane Roots, Don Broco and such, gave a sound performance with the notable highlight being their new track EMS which was released the day before the gig. Lead singer, Josh Feeley proved to be a great front man as sang and gyrated across the stage to the backing of a thumping bass. To say that this was their first gig proved to be a great starting point and went down well with the audience.

Three-piece Habberdash bring out an essence of the heavier side of indie complete with melodic air. As they zip through their set with tracks taken from their Candle EP there’s a rise and fall in pace as things go from light to quite intense and doom fuelled. It’s safe to say that Habberdash have been working hard and gigging harder as onstage they are in control. It’ll be interesting to see how these guys get on over the space of time.

Bringing a more mature atmospheric feel to the Leadmill were Bang Bang Romeo. A four piece from South Yorkshire and took the place by storm on Saturday night with the crowd shouting for more! The vocals of Anastasia Walker provide an essence of romance and wanting, boy the girl can sing. They have that airy 60’s psychedelic vibe that just lingers over people’s heads and then settles slowly in a mist of encapsulation. It has to be said that there’s something rather special about these.

When it came to I Set the Sea on Fire again there was something rather different, a band whose name that’s been mentioned several times but we’d yet seem playing live. Mixing up indie, jazz and electronic vibes, proved rather upbeat and enjoyable. They gave a very impressive performance at the Leadmill performing their latest single “Monsters”.

Sour Cherry are no strangers to headlining. Fronted by Kortni Turner there’s an air of girl pop power that packs a punch with the click of the fingers. Bringing in their own experiences to their songs never feels like a showcase of emotions but more the right to empowerment, these guys are taking the power back. Stand out tracks of the night included LBD, Running Out, Army and You Sing.

Fun, witty and extremely talented, Sour Cherry are a band that are going places.