The Retrospectives, Right Turners Beware, Less Obvious Vibe Effect and Charlotte Carpenter: The Plug, Sheffield

Switched to the main stage due to an admin mix-up, the venue was eventually filled by a healthy sized crowd for the single launch of headliners Sheffield young guns The Retrospectives. It’s a fairly light early crowd though that greets singer songwriter Charlotte Carpenter.

University of Derby student she has been creating quite a few waves with the helping hand of tonight’s promoter Neil Atkinson (previously of Funky Face Promotions fame). Charlotte immediately gets the audiences’ full attention with ‘The City’ and her confidence oozes across the divide. She then sang Jessie J cover ‘Do It Like A Dude’ and whilst her stage presence is evident she utters very little small talk in between songs, which could have built more bridges with the punters. Charlotte shows undoubted her vocal range delivering some lovely emotive lyrics before the up tempo closer A New Home closes an impressive set.

Next up, and as far from Charlotte’s style as you can get, are the wonderful Less Obvious Vibe Effect. Their front man Bradley Mullins is a big guy with an understated vocal style akin to Ian Curtis. From opener Scratchin through to closer La Chanson D’Amour the guys got a positive reaction from the crowd. With a powerhouse rhythm section the band were far from tight but hit the spot for me, and the talented crouching lead guitarist Oliver Taylor was a treat to watch. Their grungy / bluesy style is not to everyone’s taste but I for one will be watching them again.

Next up were main support Right Turners Beware, another change in genre for the now good sized crowd. The alternative rockers supporters including several of another local band to watch out for A Season Of Secrets, maybe prompted by the RTB drummer boasting ASOS tee-shirt.

The growling / singing style of drummer Kyle Morton and guitarist Josh Green, to a backdrop of some hypnotic bassy beats was a good fit, right from promising opener ‘Here Comes The Wolf hunt’ through to terrific closer ‘Exit The Karma Circle’.

Next up was the main event, The Retrospectives, who had brought a big crowd to launch their new single and set off at 100 mph and rarely let up the relentless pace. A neon banner proclaiming their name beamed out as their dynamic set of eight 3 minute missiles found their target as the audience showed their appreciation of the Retro’s sonic soundscapes.

Pick out songs were naturally the excellent new single Anything’s Better, which went down a storm and Its All Mine, an edgy jewel and a crowd favourite.

A very good set by the dynamic trio, with all three vocalists. After just completing a national tour, The Retrospectives look ready to step up to the plate and make a name for themselves outside South Yorkshire in 2012.