Tonight’s the night. It has been two years in the making, but Sheffield’s Screaming Maldini are finally launching their debut album. After garnering a reputation for making quality pop music, energetic live shows and playing in unusual places, they have produced a self-titled album which not only does justice to their talent but also manages to translate the atmosphere of their live show onto record.
Opening tonight are Sheffield two-some Low Duo. The Greenwood Brothers are always immaculately turned-out and their performances laced with emotional intensity. This evening they are treating us to some new material. They have a mini LP on the way and a double A-Side out: ‘Born into a Spider’, the lead track, is the highlight of their set; a collection of songs about breaking-up and love.
Screaming Maldini are not the only band launching their album this evening. Northampton’s My First Tooth have an album out themselves and play a consummate set full of raucous indie-folk songs which are all little tales in their own right. Their new single, ‘Past Broadcast’, is incredibly catchy and infectious slice of indie-pop. However, the echoes of Mumford and Sons are far too prevalent throughout their performance.
The Harley is rammed for the main event of the evening, and a big cheer goes up as Screaming Maldini take to the stage. The party is in full flow as they play a selection of songs from their album, including the recent single ‘The Awakening’ and the highlight of the evening, the sumptuous ‘Life in Glorious Stereo’. Gina directs the crowd during ‘The Silver Mountains’ and it’s obvious that the band are having as much fun as all the smiling faces in the crowd. They end on a high with the ecstatically received ‘Summer Somewhere’, before coming back out and ending almost where they began, with ‘Secret Sounds’.
Tonight has been a glorious celebration of one of Sheffield’s best bands, and no one left without a broad smile spread across their face.