Blue Lip Feel: The Leadmill, Sheffield

Singer-guitarist Oliver Tooze, guitarist Conor Houston, bassist Will Adams and drummer Sam Bywater are Blue Lip Feel and tonight is their end-of-year show at Leadmill.

The Sheffield quartet has had a big year supporting the likes The Heartbreaks and opening the main stage at Tramlines, as well as releasing their second EP ‘Glitterbox’. So what better way to round it all off with a sell-out show?

The band play a mix of songs from the two EP’s which were both produced by Alan Smyth (Pulp, Arctic Monkeys).

The bassist endured some sound problems early doors, where he threw a bit of a brattish fit to get them corrected. But this was forgotten after the driving drums of ‘Sky Suit’ get the matchbox crowd uplifted.

The moody/laid back rhythm of ‘Material Bones’ slows the pace a little. Tooze’s vocals again making the greatest impression.

‘Velvet Cape’ is a bluesy number with a bite. It is guitar heavy and showcases the front man’s skills. Tooze is Sheffield’s answer to a young Caleb Followill from the Youth and Young Manhood days. His raw vocals and energy are enthralling and he carries himself with the panache of any great front man.

There are a lot of great bands in Sheffield but these really have something different to offer. You feel like you could be witnessing the next big thing.

Latest track ‘Of The New Kind’ goes down well with the crowd but it is the fiery ‘Glitterbox’ which gets the best reception. With Sam pounding on the drums and a strong bass line combined with the whaling guitars, it is easy on the ears and the most rhythmic track. It has the packed-out crowd dancing and singing along.

Blue Lip Feel definitely have talent and a bag of great songs. It will be exciting to see what next year holds for them.

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